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The 2 Sep 1922 Motion Picture News reported that Howard Hawks and Walter Morosco had formed Hawks-Morosco Productions and contracted with United Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA, for studio space and production facilities. Their first film, starring Helene Chadwick and Richard Dix, was set to be The Border Patrol, which would eventually become Quicksands.
       A studio chart in the 26 Aug 1922 Camera noted that The Border Patrol was in its second week of filming. An item in the 9 Sep 1922 Camera reported that Helene Chadwick had returned from location in Fort Huachuca, AZ.
       Reviews were positive. The 5 May 1923 Exhibitors Herald pointed out that real U.S. Army troops were used as extras. African American actor Tom Wilson portrayed a "forceful" sergeant in the "colored troop."
       This film was originally released by the American Releasing Corp, but retains only one copyright number, obtained in 1927, when it was re-released by Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. with a length of 5 reels and 4,593 ft. At the time, Richard Dix was one of Paramount's top draws, and with American Releasing out of business, the company bought Quicksands for re-release. Dix was so irate, according to the 23 May 1927 Var, that he demanded the company destroy the negative. Dix reportedly offered to pay $1 million to be released from his Lasky-Famous Players contract, but the company refused.
       The title for the re-release may have been Boots and Saddles ... More Less

The 2 Sep 1922 Motion Picture News reported that Howard Hawks and Walter Morosco had formed Hawks-Morosco Productions and contracted with United Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA, for studio space and production facilities. Their first film, starring Helene Chadwick and Richard Dix, was set to be The Border Patrol, which would eventually become Quicksands.
       A studio chart in the 26 Aug 1922 Camera noted that The Border Patrol was in its second week of filming. An item in the 9 Sep 1922 Camera reported that Helene Chadwick had returned from location in Fort Huachuca, AZ.
       Reviews were positive. The 5 May 1923 Exhibitors Herald pointed out that real U.S. Army troops were used as extras. African American actor Tom Wilson portrayed a "forceful" sergeant in the "colored troop."
       This film was originally released by the American Releasing Corp, but retains only one copyright number, obtained in 1927, when it was re-released by Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. with a length of 5 reels and 4,593 ft. At the time, Richard Dix was one of Paramount's top draws, and with American Releasing out of business, the company bought Quicksands for re-release. Dix was so irate, according to the 23 May 1927 Var, that he demanded the company destroy the negative. Dix reportedly offered to pay $1 million to be released from his Lasky-Famous Players contract, but the company refused.
       The title for the re-release may have been Boots and Saddles . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
26 Aug 1922
p. 12.
Camera
9 Sep 1922
p. 14.
Exhibitors Herald
5 May 1923
p. 51.
Motion Picture News
2 Sep 1922
p. 1128.
Screen Opinions
1-15 Jun 1923
p. 67.
Variety
23 May 1927
p. 1, 20.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Border Patrol
Boots and Saddles
Release Date:
28 February 1923
Production Date:
began mid August 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Agfar Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 May 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24011
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6-7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A young U.S. Army lieutenant is stationed at the Mexican border to capture a ring of narcotics smugglers. He thinks he spies his sweetheart, the daughter of U. S. Customs official Farrell, masquerading as dancer "Carmelita" in a Mexican cantina, the suspected headquarters of the opium ring. Finding her hidden wig and makeup kit, he believes she is part of the ring and dismisses her from his life. Later, he discovers she is a member of the secret service who has gone undercover to help her father. Word arrives that the she and her father are being held prisoners by cantina owner and drug boss "Silent" Krupz and his minion, Ferrago. The lieutenant goes to aid them and is captured by Krupz's gang. Finally, the U. S. Army rescues the trio and the girl is revealed to be a secret ... +


A young U.S. Army lieutenant is stationed at the Mexican border to capture a ring of narcotics smugglers. He thinks he spies his sweetheart, the daughter of U. S. Customs official Farrell, masquerading as dancer "Carmelita" in a Mexican cantina, the suspected headquarters of the opium ring. Finding her hidden wig and makeup kit, he believes she is part of the ring and dismisses her from his life. Later, he discovers she is a member of the secret service who has gone undercover to help her father. Word arrives that the she and her father are being held prisoners by cantina owner and drug boss "Silent" Krupz and his minion, Ferrago. The lieutenant goes to aid them and is captured by Krupz's gang. Finally, the U. S. Army rescues the trio and the girl is revealed to be a secret agent. +

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