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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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Charlie Roark
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Padre
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Mrs. Ramirez (as Soledad Jimenez)
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Brook Manville
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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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The footage of the opening street scene of the border town was later re-used as the opening scene of the Mexican town in Code of the Secret Service (1939). A short section of the same scene was also used during the opening Mexicali sequence in The Hitch-Hiker (1953). See more »

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Camera shadow on Johnny and Dale when they are dancing at the opening of Johnny's casino. 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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Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Angry Screen (1964) See more »

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Sweet Georgia Brown
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie
Played when Roark is telling the story and as Johnny patrols the Silver Slipper
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Follow-up to Bondage
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Confronting Muni in one scene, Davis suddenly so forcefully expels cigarette smoke from her nose that she looks like a cartoon bull about to charge. But though it's funny, it's not ludicrous: it's one of those startling, inspired B.D. moments. Warners cast Davis in "Bordertown" when it became apparent that her just-completed loanout to RKO for "Of Human Bondage" was not going to wreck her career, as Warners had feared. Instead, as Davis had gambled, the risky "Bondage" had been her breakout performance. "Bordertown" was a worthy follow-up, with Davis just as compelling as the obsessor rather than the obsessee.


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