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The Border Raiders
Director: Stuart Paton (Dir)
Release Date:   6 Oct 1918
Duration (in feet):   4,882
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Betty Compson (Rose Hardy)  
    George Larkin (John Smith)  
    Frank Deshon (Mock Sing)  
    H. C. Carpenter (John Hardy)  
    Claire Du Brey (Cleo Dade)  
    Howard Crampton (Emanuel Riggs)  
    Fred M. Malatesta ("Square Deal" Dixon)  

Summary: Ranch owner John Hardy marries Cleo Dade, not realizing she belongs to a gang planning to use the ranch as headquarters for Mock Sing's opium smuggling operations. When Hardy suddenly disappears, Cleo takes charge of the ranch, usurping the place of Hardy's daughter, Rose. Suspecting her father is still alive, Rose visits Mock Sing's cabin. John Smith, a card dealer for Mock Sing who is attracted to Rose, saves her from Mock Sing's assault and frees Hardy, who has been held prisoner. Soon after, Hardy's ranch hands attack and kill Mock Sing, Cleo is revealed as the wife of gang member "Square Deal" Dixon, and the ranch is restored to Hardy. John Smith, actually a government agent sent to curb opium trafficking on the border, marries Rose. 

Production Company: Diando Film Corp.  
Brand Name: A Pathé Program Feature
Distribution Company: Pathé Exchange, Inc.  
Director: Stuart Paton (Dir)
Writer: Frank Beresford (Story)
  Jack Cunningham (Story)
Photography: William H. Thornley (Cam)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Pathé Exchange, Inc. 27/9/1918 dd/mm/yyyy LU12902

Physical Properties: b&w:
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Genre: Western
 
Subjects (Major): Chinese Americans
  Gangs
  Opium
  Ranchers
  Ranches
  Smuggling
 
Subjects (Minor): Attempted rape
  Bigamy
  Cards
  Cowboys
  Government agents
  Imprisonment

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   5 Oct 18   p. 1517.
ETR   12 Oct 18   p. 1623.
MPN   5 Oct 18   p. 2079, 2260
MPW   28 Sep 18   p. 1920.
MPW   5 Oct 18   p. 129.
Variety   4 Oct 18   p. 47.
Wid's   22 Sep 18   p. 21.

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