The Border Legion (1940 film)

The Border Legion (TV edit: West of the Badlands[1]) is a 1940 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and written by Olive Cooper and Louis Stevens. It is based on the 1916 novel The Border Legion by Zane Grey. The film stars Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Carol Hughes, Joe Sawyer, Maude Eburne and Jay Novello. The film was released on December 5, 1940, by Republic Pictures.[2][3][4]

The Border Legion
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Kane
Produced byJoseph Kane
Screenplay byOlive Cooper
Louis Stevens
Based onThe Border Legion
by Zane Grey
StarringRoy Rogers
George "Gabby" Hayes
Carol Hughes
Joe Sawyer
Maude Eburne
Jay Novello
Music byMilton Rosen
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byEdward Mann
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 5, 1940 (1940-12-05)
Running time
58 minutes
54 minutes
CountryUnited States




The Border Legion was edited for television to be 54 minutes in duration. The television title of this film is West of the Badlands.[1]


  1. Len D. Martin (May 5, 2006). The Republic Pictures Checklist: Features, Serials, Cartoons, Short Subjects and Training Films of Republic Pictures Corporation, 1935-1959. McFarland. ISBN 9780786427406.
  2. "The Border Legion (1940) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  3. Hal Erickson. "West of the Badlands (1940) - Joseph Kane". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  4. "The Border Legion". Retrieved 2015-11-04.

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