Confederate soldier Joel McCrea just stole $2 million is gold from the Union army and heads to a lawless area on the Mexican border called Zona Libre to buy weapons for the Rebels. Things are much harder than planned with all kinds of double-dealing and backstabbing going on to get his gold. Not to mention an undercover agent tracking him down and the unforeseen difficulty/pleasure of a sexy Yvonne De Carlo falling for him. And to make matters even worse the local warlord is in love with De Carlo.
I enjoyed BORDER RIVER. Joel McCrea is as wonderful as ever, Yvonne De Carlo turns in a good performance, solid direction, the bad guys are just bad enough and quite believable, beautiful outdoor scenery. There might not be enough physical action to entertain everybody, but I thought the verbal jostling back and forth about the gold more than made up for it. Recommended for Western fans.