Hands Across the Border (1944)

72-73 mins | Western | 5 January 1944

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Cinematographer:

Reggie Lanning

Editor:

Tony Martinelli

Production Designer:

Fred Ritter

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Most of the songs were cut out of the print viewed. Some scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. According to a HR news item, this picture was the first in a "new selling classification" devised by Republic called "Premiere Feature Productions." The Premiere features were to have a minimum budget of $300,000, and the upgrade of the Roy Rogers starrers was due to "the big box office strides Rogers has made in the past year, plus his films now being bookable in top first-run houses." Modern sources include Jack O'Shea, Curley Dresden and Bob Reeves in the cast. ...

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Most of the songs were cut out of the print viewed. Some scenes were shot on location in Lone Pine, CA. According to a HR news item, this picture was the first in a "new selling classification" devised by Republic called "Premiere Feature Productions." The Premiere features were to have a minimum budget of $300,000, and the upgrade of the Roy Rogers starrers was due to "the big box office strides Rogers has made in the past year, plus his films now being bookable in top first-run houses." Modern sources include Jack O'Shea, Curley Dresden and Bob Reeves in the cast.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Dec 1943
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Daily Variety
6 Dec 1943
p. 3
Film Daily
7 Dec 1943
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
9 Aug 1943
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 1943
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 1943
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
17 Sep 1943
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 1943
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 1944
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
11 Dec 1943
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Sep 1943
p. 1545
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Dec 1943
p. 1665
Variety
8 Dec 1943
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Joseph Kane
Dir
Art Siteman
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Hands Across the Border," music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Ned Washington; "Dreaming to Music," "The Girl with the High Button Shoes" and "When Your Heart's on Easy Street," music by Phil Ohman, lyrics by Ned Washington; "Cool Water" and "Hey, Hey," music and lyrics by Bob Nolan; "Ay, Jalisco, no te rajes!" music by Manuel Esperón, lyrics by Ernesto M. Cortázar; and other songs.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 January 1944
Production Date:
16 Aug--mid Sep 1943
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Republic Pictures Corp.
8 November 1943
LP12397
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72-73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9616
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Wandering cowpoke Roy Rogers is resting by a stream when Teddy Bear, a down-on-his-luck gambler with a heart of gold, nervously tries to steal Roy's horse in order to escape a posse that is after him due to a saloon brawl. The affable Roy deduces that Teddy Bear would never hurt him and tosses him off the horse, then sticks up for him when the posse arrives. Believing that they are friends, Mac Barclay, the men's leader, wants to arrest them both. The posse, however, wants to go to Jeff Adams' ranch, where Jeff is throwing a lavish fiesta filled with singers and dancers. Once they arrive, Roy tries to convince his captors that he is one of the singers hired by Jeff's daughter Kim, herself an aspiring Broadway performer. Roy sings a number with The Sons of the Pioneers, Jeff's ranch hands, and the kind-hearted Kim hires both him and Teddy Bear to save them from being arrested. Meanwhile, Jeff engages in a verbal joust with his neighbor, Brock Danvers, with whom he competes every year for an Army contract for cavalry horses. Danvers has won for the past five years, but Jeff is convinced that his current herd will finally win and get him out of debt. Juan Morales, the Adams foreman, tells Jeff that the government men have arrived, and Jeff, Kim, Roy and Danvers go to look at the herd. Among the wild horses is a magnificent stallion named Trigger, whom both Jeff and Roy immediately realize will revitilize the herd. Danvers declares that Trigger is too wild to be useful, however, and bets that Jeff cannot ride him. ...

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Wandering cowpoke Roy Rogers is resting by a stream when Teddy Bear, a down-on-his-luck gambler with a heart of gold, nervously tries to steal Roy's horse in order to escape a posse that is after him due to a saloon brawl. The affable Roy deduces that Teddy Bear would never hurt him and tosses him off the horse, then sticks up for him when the posse arrives. Believing that they are friends, Mac Barclay, the men's leader, wants to arrest them both. The posse, however, wants to go to Jeff Adams' ranch, where Jeff is throwing a lavish fiesta filled with singers and dancers. Once they arrive, Roy tries to convince his captors that he is one of the singers hired by Jeff's daughter Kim, herself an aspiring Broadway performer. Roy sings a number with The Sons of the Pioneers, Jeff's ranch hands, and the kind-hearted Kim hires both him and Teddy Bear to save them from being arrested. Meanwhile, Jeff engages in a verbal joust with his neighbor, Brock Danvers, with whom he competes every year for an Army contract for cavalry horses. Danvers has won for the past five years, but Jeff is convinced that his current herd will finally win and get him out of debt. Juan Morales, the Adams foreman, tells Jeff that the government men have arrived, and Jeff, Kim, Roy and Danvers go to look at the herd. Among the wild horses is a magnificent stallion named Trigger, whom both Jeff and Roy immediately realize will revitilize the herd. Danvers declares that Trigger is too wild to be useful, however, and bets that Jeff cannot ride him. Jeff is determined to tame the beautiful animal, but when he attempts to ride him, Trigger throws him and Jeff is killed. Soon after, the mourning Kim allows Danvers to run the ranch, and Roy and the men are hard-pressed to keep him from shooting Trigger, whom Roy maintains should be tamed as Jeff wanted. Roy captures Trigger on his own and begins to train him in secret, while at the same time persuading Kim to give up her Broadway ambitions and run the ranch like a true Adams. An astonishing demonstration of Trigger's new gentleness and abilities convinces Kim to fight for the Army contract, and she tells Danvers that she will neither sell him the ranch nor marry him. Roy then prepares Trigger and seven other Adams horses for the speed and endurance race, which simulates combat conditions such as explosions and gas attacks. Danvers is the lead rider of his team, and despite a few dirty tricks pulled by Danvers' men, Roy and Trigger win the race. Soon after, Kim and Juan organize a marvelous fiesta, and Roy happily performs at the party, which celebrates the cooperation between the American and Mexican ranch workers, who aided in the winning of the Army contract.

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