Border Vigilantes (1941)

61-62 mins | Western | 18 April 1941

Director:

Derwin Abrahams

Producer:

Harry Sherman

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Production Designer:

Lewis J. Rachmil

Production Company:

Harry Sherman Productions
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HISTORY

This film marked assistant director Derwin Abrahams' directing debut. According to Paramount press information, songwriter Pauline Boucher won first prize in a nationwide amateur songwriting contest sponsored by True Confessions magazine, which promised that her song would be included in this film. HR news items note that the film was shot on location at the Monogram Ranch near Placerita Canyon, Newhall, CA and at Lone Pine, CA. A modern source includes Hank Worden, Hank Bell, Edward Earle, Al Haskell, Curley Dresden, Chick Hannon, Chuck Morrison and Ted Wells in the cast. For further information on the series, consult the Series Index, and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

This film marked assistant director Derwin Abrahams' directing debut. According to Paramount press information, songwriter Pauline Boucher won first prize in a nationwide amateur songwriting contest sponsored by True Confessions magazine, which promised that her song would be included in this film. HR news items note that the film was shot on location at the Monogram Ranch near Placerita Canyon, Newhall, CA and at Lone Pine, CA. A modern source includes Hank Worden, Hank Bell, Edward Earle, Al Haskell, Curley Dresden, Chick Hannon, Chuck Morrison and Ted Wells in the cast. For further information on the series, consult the Series Index, and see the entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1990. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Apr 1941.
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Daily Variety
26 Mar 1941.
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Film Daily
3 Jun 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Mar 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Mar 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Mar 41
p. 86.
Variety
2 Apr 41
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.
SONGS
"Is This Our Last Night Together," music by Sam Coslow, lyrics by Pauline Boucher.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 April 1941
Production Date:
22 November--6 December 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 April 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10416
Duration(in mins):
61-62
Length(in feet):
5,533
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Hopalong Cassidy, foreman of the Bar-20 ranch, is summoned to Silver Center by his friend, Dan Forbes, who suspects that the vigilante group of which he is a member has been corrupted because they have been foiled at every attempt to stop robberies. Forbes confides in Henry Logan, the town leader and head of the vigilantes, who, unknown to Forbes, orders him and Hoppy shot. Forbes survives his injury and Hoppy gets the better of his assailant when he is accosted in Gunsight Pass. Hoppy shoots the man, Ed Stone, and leaves him for dead, then he and his companions, ranch hands Lucky Jenkins and California Carlson, continue into town. Knowing that the criminals are expecting him, Hoppy tells Forbes and his daughter Helen to pretend that they do not know them. After Hoppy, Lucky and California prevent a robbery attempt planned by Logan, Logan's gang fights back by terrifying the community with raids, fires and vandalism. Hoppy and Forbes arrange for a wagonload of silver to be switched to entrap the criminals. When the silver seems to have disappeared, however, suspicion falls on Hoppy, until they find that California loaded the wrong boxes onto the wagon and the silver is still at Forbes's house. Hoppy, Lucky and California finally corner Logan and his gang at their hideout and during a gunfight, Hoppy is shot in the shoulder. He then tricks the gang into surrendering by exploding bullets in a fire, which makes it sound as if they are outnumbered. Logan and his gang are arrested, and Hoppy, Lucky and California leave the Forbes ranch to return to the ... +


Hopalong Cassidy, foreman of the Bar-20 ranch, is summoned to Silver Center by his friend, Dan Forbes, who suspects that the vigilante group of which he is a member has been corrupted because they have been foiled at every attempt to stop robberies. Forbes confides in Henry Logan, the town leader and head of the vigilantes, who, unknown to Forbes, orders him and Hoppy shot. Forbes survives his injury and Hoppy gets the better of his assailant when he is accosted in Gunsight Pass. Hoppy shoots the man, Ed Stone, and leaves him for dead, then he and his companions, ranch hands Lucky Jenkins and California Carlson, continue into town. Knowing that the criminals are expecting him, Hoppy tells Forbes and his daughter Helen to pretend that they do not know them. After Hoppy, Lucky and California prevent a robbery attempt planned by Logan, Logan's gang fights back by terrifying the community with raids, fires and vandalism. Hoppy and Forbes arrange for a wagonload of silver to be switched to entrap the criminals. When the silver seems to have disappeared, however, suspicion falls on Hoppy, until they find that California loaded the wrong boxes onto the wagon and the silver is still at Forbes's house. Hoppy, Lucky and California finally corner Logan and his gang at their hideout and during a gunfight, Hoppy is shot in the shoulder. He then tricks the gang into surrendering by exploding bullets in a fire, which makes it sound as if they are outnumbered. Logan and his gang are arrested, and Hoppy, Lucky and California leave the Forbes ranch to return to the Bar-20. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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