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On the Border
Director: William McGann (Dir)
Release Date:   15 Mar 1930
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 31 Jan 1930
Duration (in mins):   47
Duration (in feet):   4,452
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Rin-Tin-Tin (Rinty)  
    Armida (Pepita)  
    John B. Litel (Dave)  
    Philo McCullough (Farrell)  
    Bruce Covington (Don José)  
    Walter Miller (Border Patrol Commander)  
    William Irving (Dusty)  

Summary: At the impoverished hacienda of Don José, near the Mexican border, five men, headed by Farrell, stop with truckloads of vegetables, but the rancher's dog, Rinty, detects the presence of the Chinese the men are smuggling. Farrell, who covets Pepita, the rancher's daughter, plans to buy the ranch for smuggling operations; meanwhile, Dave and Dusty, two apparent tramps who are border agents, discover the smugglers' ruse, and Pepita and Rinty take an interest in Dave. Don José innocently falls in with the plans of Farrell's men. Following a series of complications, Dave is captured by the smugglers but is saved in a last-minute rescue by Rinty. The border patrol subdues the gang at the ranch, and Rinty overpowers Farrell as he flees in an automobile. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: William McGann (Dir)
Writer: Lillie Hayward (Story, scen and dial)
Photography: William Rees (Dir of photog)
Sound: Dolph Thomas (Rec eng)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 18/2/1930 dd/mm/yyyy LP1085

Physical Properties: Sd: Vitaphone
  Sd, also Si: Also possibly si.

Genre: Adventure
Sub-Genre: Animal
Subjects (Major): Border patrols
  Chinese Americans
  Mexican-American border region
  Mexican Americans


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   9 Feb 1930.   
New York Times   3 Feb 1930   p. 17.
Variety   5 Feb 1930   p. 31.

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