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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.

Border Patrol

1943 | United States | 65 min | More...
A still from Border Patrol (1943)
  • Watched on D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
    on Wed Dec 2, 2020 via Amazon

    William Boyd returns as Hopalong Cassidy, now a Texas Ranger who uncovers a shady mining town controlled by a despotic mayor, played by Russell Simpson.

    This entry follows Hoppy Serves a Writ in the Hopalong Cassidy series, carrying over much of that film’s cast but working from a better script.

    Boyd’s still an odd fit for a western hero, but this entry doesn’t see him brawling with men half his age. It also tones down the slapstick. Casting the older Simpson opposite Boyd proves a double boon. He provides a good foil and makes Boyd appear youthful in comparison.

    Claudia Drake’s character starts as an annoying, bull-headed stereotype, but I appreciated the third-act affording her a surprising amount of agency.

    Robert Mitchum, in his third movie, plays another forgettable goon, albeit one with more lines.

    Followed by Colt Comrades.