South of the Border (1939) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Federal Agent Gene Autry and his sidekick Frog are sent to Mexico to prevent foreign powers from gaining control of Mexican oil refineries and fomenting revolution among the Mexican people. Gene falls in love with Senorita Dolores but finds he must leave for the island of Palermo, where her uncle, Don Diego, is being prevented from transporting his cattle to market by the foreign agents, who have co-opted Dolores' brother Andreo into joining them. While trying to load cattle by sea into a waiting cargo ship Gene and his men are attacked by Andreo and his revolutionaries, with fatal results.

  • Government agents Gene Autry (Gene Autry) and Frog Millhouse (Smiley BUrnette) are dispatched south of the border to foil the plans of foreign agents trying to start a revolution in Palermo in order to gain control of American oil concessions and establish a submarine refueling base. To his dismay Gene learns that Andreo Mendoza (Duncan Renaldo) , the brother of the beautiful senorita Dolores Mendoza (Lupita Tvar) that Gene has fallen in love with, is a renegade patriot involved with the saboteurs. On the way to Palermo, Gene is followed by Patsy (Mary Lee), a teenage waif who insists on calling him "Daddy." He also becomes involved with American Lois Martin (June Storey) an unwitting cantina dancer accomplice of the spies. Successfully winning out over the plotters, Gene returns to find Dolores has turned her affections toward the nunnery to atone for the indiscretions of her renegade brothers. Cue the title song.


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