The Border Raiders

The Border Raiders is a 1918 American silent western film directed by Stuart Paton and starring Betty Compson and George Larkin.[1][2]

The Border Raiders
Directed byStuart Paton
Written byFrank S. Beresford
Jack Cunningham
Stuart Paton
StarringBetty Compson
George Larkin
CinematographyWilliam H. Thornley
Diando Film Corp.
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • October 6, 1918 (1918-10-06)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[3] Mock Sing (Deshon) runs a gambling den along the Mexican border. It is the headquarters for a gang of cattle rustlers and opium smugglers. John Hardy (Carpenter), a millionaire rancher, makes the acquaintance of an adventuress connected to Mock Sing's place and the gang of crooks plans to gain possession of the Hardy properties. The adventuress marries Hardy and goes home with him, where she meets his daughter Rose (Compson). The gang captures Hardy and takes him to Mock Sing's house. Rose, learning of her father's predicament, goes to the gambling den to rescue him and is saved from Sing by the faro dealer, who proves to be a federal agent working to get evidence against the gang. Mock Sing is killed and the gang members are arrested.



Like many American films of the time, The Border Raiders was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors required a cut, in Reel 3, scene with shooting during a fight, slugging of Chinese man after he is pulled from horse, Reel 4, Chinese man suggestively leering at young woman on couch, two closeups of man with rope around neck, Reel 5, Chinese man tying young woman, and three shooting scenes where men fall.[4]


Archives Du Film Du CNC, Bois d'Arcy, has a print of the film.[5]


  1. ^ "Silent Era : Progressive Silent Film List". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Detail view of Movies Page". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Reviews: The Border Raiders". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (15): 33. October 5, 1918.
  4. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 7 (22): 28. November 23, 1918.
  5. ^ "Border Raiders". 2 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

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