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On the Border (film)

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On the Border
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Written byLillie Hayward (Screenplay)
StarringRin Tin Tin
John Litel
Philo McCullough
CinematographyWilliam Rees
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • March 15, 1930 (1930-03-15)
Running time
46 minutes (restored version)
6 reel
CountryUnited States

On the Border is a 1930 all-talking drama with songs that stars Rin Tin Tin. It was adapted from a story by Lillie Hayward who also wrote the screenplay. Armida sings two songs in the picture.


Philo McCullough, as Farrell, is the head of a smuggling ring who are attempting to smuggle Chinese workers across the border from Mexico. McCullough stops at a hacienda, near the Mexican border, which is owned by Bruce Covington (as Don Jose). Covington's dog, Rin Tin Tin, senses that something is hidden under the vegetables, which McCullough has in his trucks, and discovers the Chinese. McCullough attempts to buy the hacienda from Covington. McCullough also hopes to get Armida (as Pepita), Covington's daughter, as part of the deal. Meanwhile, some border agents (John Litel and William Irving) disguised as tramps, discover McCullough's plans. Armida and Rin Tin Tin take a liking to Litel. Meanwhile, Covington has innocently sold his hacienda to McCullough. When the smugglers find out who Litel real is, they capture him. Rin Tin Tin manages to save him at the last minute. The border patrol then surrounds the hacienda and as Farrell tries to escape in a car but Rin Rin Tin captures him in the nick of time.



A 16mm copy of the film is preserved at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.[1] The Library of Congress-Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation for Film and also holds an incomplete print.[2]


  1. ^ Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Researd, Feature Film Database;On the Border
  2. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (<-book title) p.132 c.1978 the American Film Institute

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