Borderland (1937)

Borderland is a 1937 American Western film directed by Nate Watt and written by Harrison Jacobs. The film stars William BoydJames EllisonGeorge “Gabby” HayesMorris Ankrum, John Beach, Nora Lane, and Charlene Wyatt. The film was released on February 26, 1937, by Paramount Pictures.

Hoppy goes undercover as an outlaw (which permits him, for once, to drink and be mean to children) to track down a bunch of outlaws operating along the border. Loco, the head bad guy, deflects suspicion from himself by pretending to be a moron.

  • Hopalong plays against character to convince the bad guys he has turned bad. It is amusing to see him play against type and be mean and short with everyone.
  • I have read that at this time actors were picked for Western movies because they could ride a horse. Maybe that is why there are very few actors in these Hopalong Cassidy movies that look like matinee idols, but there is always at least one beautiful woman who does not have to ride a horse.
  • The climax is a chase and gunfight between two groups of men, the bandits and the good guys.