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My life at the movies.

Border Patrol

1943 | United States | 65 min | More...
A still from Border Patrol (1943)
D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
on Wed Dec 02, 2020

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.

Viewing History

    Watched on
    Wed Dec 02, 2020 via Amazon