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Bordertown (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 23 January 1935 (USA)
Johnny Ramirez rises from bouncer to partner in Charlie Roark's border town casino. Charlie's wife Marie loves Johnny, but Johnny loves society woman Dale. Marie kills her husband, making ... See full summary »

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Dale Elwell
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Charlie Roark
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Padre
Soledad Jiménez ...
Mrs. Ramirez (as Soledad Jimenez)
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Harry
Gavin Gordon ...
Brook Manville
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Dr. Carter (as William Davidson)
Arthur Stone ...
Manuel Diego
Vivian Tobin ...
Mrs. Garner
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Johnny Ramirez rises from bouncer to partner in Charlie Roark's border town casino. Charlie's wife Marie loves Johnny, but Johnny loves society woman Dale. Marie kills her husband, making it look like suicide. She tells Johnny she committed murder for him and, still rejected, tells the police that she and Johnny murdered Charlie. She goes crazy in court and Johnny goes free. Dale runs from Johnny and dies in an auto crash. Johnny sells the casino. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

Paul Muni hired a Mexican man as chauffeur to study his accent and mannerisms in preparation for this role. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny shows Marie to her car, the shadow of the camera is visible on the car door. See more »

Quotes

Marie Roark: The only fun I get is feeding the goldfish, and they only eat once a day.
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Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

America
(uncredited)
aka "My Country 'tis of Thee"
Music from "God Save the King"
Traditional
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
Played on piano and sung by the law school graduates
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Mexican Jumping Beans
6 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, poor Mexican-American mechanic Paul Muni (as Johnny Ramirez) studies hard to become a lawyer. After losing his first case, an ill-tempered Mr. Muni punches out the opposing attorney. Disbarred, and carrying a chip on his shoulder, Muni goes to work as strong-arm manager for gravelly-voiced Eugene Palette (as Charlie Roark) in a Mexican "Bordertown". Business booms and Muni is made a partner. However, Muni must fend off bosomy blonde bombshell Bette Davis (as Marie), Mr. Palette' s trophy wife. Muni prefers pretty socialite Margaret Lindsay (as Dale Elwell)...

Eventually, Muni finds himself on the wrong side of the law...

The main problem with "Bordertown" is that the message is to stay in your own "place," and with your own "class" of people. You will see the characters who venture outside their own "kind" are punished. Also, Muni and Ms. Davis were both capable of scratching the edges of their acting range, which sometimes resulted in great performances - but sometimes not. Early in the running, Muni's hot-tempered Spanish youth is too much of a stretch. He gets better as Davis slowly begins to chew the scenery. Both would end the year with better roles, and "Academy Award" winning performances.

***** Bordertown (1/23/35) Archie Mayo ~ Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Palette


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