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Border Incident (1949)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  28 October 1949 (USA)
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Mexican and American federal agents tackle a vicious gang exploiting illegal farm workers in southern California.



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Howard Da Silva ...
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Arnold Moss ...
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Teresa Celli ...
Jeff Amboy
José Torvay ...
Pocoloco (as Jose Torvay)
John Ridgely ...
Mr. Neley
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Clayton Nordell
Sig Ruman ...
Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich
Otto Waldis ...


To penetrate a gang exploiting illegal Mexican farmworkers smuggled into California (and leaving no live witnesses), Mexican federal agent Pablo Rodriguez poses as an ignorant bracero, while his American counterpart Jack Bearnes works from outside. Soon, both are in deadly danger from the ringleader, sinister rancher Owen Parkson, and find night on the farm to be full of shadowy film-noir menace... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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28 October 1949 (USA)  »

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Near movie's end, Pablo Rodriguez (Montalban) is almost fully submerged in quicksand. However, immediately upon being pulled out, he looks like he's had a shower; the quicksand that had been on his face and hair is completely gone. See more »


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Border Incident was one of the late Ricardo Montalban's more compelling movies
26 February 2009 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

With the death of Ricardo Montalban still fresh from a few weeks ago, I thought I'd check from my local library a DVD of one of his more dramatically compelling movies he made for his contracted studio, M-G-M. Directed by Anthony Mann just before his legendary streak of James Stewart westerns in the following decade, Border Incident has a sort of western feel as it tells the story of a couple of agents, one U.S. and one Mexican, trying to protect Mexican immigrants from being exploited and beaten to death in this country. Both Montalban and George Murphy-who's usually a song-and-dance man-are very compelling in their straight roles. As the villains, Howard Da Silva and Charles McGraw also bring their subtle creepiness to somewhat charismatic effect (well, Da Silva anyway). And James Mitchell brings his own charm as one of the migrant workers Montalban tries to help. There's also a naturalistic documentary feel in the beginning and end that make this somewhat realistic for the era which is also achieved by rare uses of the music score throughout. If you've only known Mr. Montalban as Mr. Roarke on "Fantasy Island" or as Khan on the "Star Trek" episode "Space Seed" not to mention Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, you'll probably be wonderfully surprised by his heroic role here. With that, I highly recommend Border Incident.

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