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Border Outlaws

A phantom raider and his thugs create havoc at Spade Cooley's dude ranch.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

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Description by OLDIES.com:

Cattlemen are being terrorized by an organized gang of rustlers. The thieves sell the stolen livestock to a mysterious masked malefactor known as The Phantom Rider. Undercover government agent Mike Hoskins, enlists the aid of Spade Cooley when it becomes apparent that the Phantom is one of the guests at the man's dude ranch.

Donnell Clyde Cooley, a child prodigy who began performing at the age of eight, was a classically trained cellist and violinist who turned his back on highbrow music and, as "Spade" Cooley, became known as "the King of Western Swing." Crashing Hollywood in 1938, he appeared in more than two dozen "B" Westerns over the next decade. In 1950 he starred in a trio of Western feature films, of which Border Outlaws was the last. The director, former ace stuntman Richard Talmadge, employs a novel approach to comedy relief, eschewing the customary grizzled sidekick in favor of five ranch hands (played by his acrobat brothers). In 1961, the King of Western Swing was convicted of killing his unfaithful wife, earning himself a life sentence in prison. Briefly released to appear at a 1969 charity benefit, Spade died immediately following his performance - just a few months before he would have been eligible for parole.

Product Description:

Produced at Agoura, CA, and directed by silent film action star Richard Talmadge, this minor Western starred bandleader and early television personality Spade Cooley. Actually, Cooley had very little to do in the film other than offer name recognition to a cumbersome Western tale of a special agent (Bill Edwards) unravelling a series of rustlings on and around Cooley's dude ranch. The rustlers, as it turns out, are in league with a smuggler known only as the Phantom Raider. The contraband in question was originally slated to be dope, but vehement objections from the Breen office, the Hollywood watchdog, caused it to be changed to diamonds. At one point in the film, the Cooley ranch hands are seen practicing acrobatic feats under the leadership of director Richard Talmadge, a veteran stuntman. The act was billed as "The Six Metzetti Boys," an obvious reference to Talmadge's real name, Sylvester Metzetti. Popularly known as "The King of Western Swing," Spade Cooley created less than admirable headlines in 1961 when he was convicted of beating his estranged wife to death. He died of a heart attack in 1969 while on a leave from Vacaville prison to perform in a benefit concert.

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Cowboys | Music

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  • Sales Rank: 691
  • UPC: 089218661999
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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