According to legend, B-movie star Blanche Mehaffey valiantly but unsuccessfully attempted to keep her old potboilers out of the reach of the television industry in the early '50s. A viewing of this pedestrian bore of a Western goes along way to explain why. Despite featuring no less than six former silent cowboy stars, Border Guns remains one of the worst oaters ever forced upon an unsuspecting audience. The direction of legendary cheapskate Robert J. Horner was never more stilted and Frank Bender's camera seemed bolted to the floor. Bill Cody, looking haggard and old, starred as an undercover lawman who gets unexpected assistance from a notorious outlaw (Franklyn Farnum) battling a gang of rustlers. An unusually stilted George Chesebro headed bad guys, while old-time serial star William Desmond appeared stoically as the local doctor. Mehaffey played Desmond's daughter but attempted to hide that fact by assuming the alias of Janet Morgan. In addition to Cody, Farnum, Desmond, and Chesebro, silent Western stars Fred Church and Wally Wales also appeared, the latter sporting a handsome mustache in his unbilled turn as the sheriff.
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