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1901: Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders have just returned from Cuba and
are now in charge of the border between the USA and Mexico ... where a guy
called Arizona Jack (William Pawley) is into bankrobbing and stuff big
time - but unfortunately the US-border patrol can't do anything because
after every heist he and his gang retreat over the border to Mexico, and
the head of the Mexican border patrol Don Enriguez (Duncan Renaldo) won't
allow the US-border patrol over the border.
Somehow though Rough Riders Roy Rogers (guess what, played by Roy
Rogers) and Rusty (Eddie Acuff) as well as Dorothy (Mary Hart) - who is
supposed to marry Lanning (George Meeker), manager of her father's (Guy
Usher) goldmine but of course falls in love with Roy - get caught up
in all of this, and eventually Roy sees just one way to successfully
investigate on both sides of the border, and that's being kicked out of
the border patrol ...
And wouldn't you know it, eventually Roy manages to uncover Lanning as
a partner of Arizona Jack and of course - witht he help of the Rough
Riders - manages to bring them both to justice while he - naturally - gets
the firl in the end.
And Don Enriguez ?
Since all the baddies are brought to justice he decides to overlook the
little incident in the name of peace between the two nations ...
Roy Rogers' early Westerns for Republic are probably also his best
ones, because they are more focussed on plot than on singing (though Roy
does sing a few tunes in this one too) or his horse, amd because they
don't resemble Western-revues (not that there's necessarily anything wrong
with that), and Rough Riders' Round-up is probably one of his best
films from that era, a B-Western full of tension, action and a few
interesting plottwists. Of yourse, the film is no masterpiece (none of
Roy's films were), but solid B-Western entertainment..