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Border Incident (1949)

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

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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The shame of two nations !


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28 October 1949 (USA)  »

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Border Patrol  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$749,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$580,000, 31 December 1949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$908,000, 31 December 1949
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Jack Bearnes: How do I know you won't double-cross me?
Owen Parkson: You don't. It's dealer's choice and I'm the dealer.
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Laborers Smuggling
21 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

When several illegal Mexican workers are murdered at the border of Mexico and United States by a gang of Coyotes, the Mexican and American federal agents Pablo Rodriguez (Ricardo Montalban) and Jack Bearnes (George Murphy) are assigned to work infiltrated in the group of Mexican farm workers that are waiting for a chance to work in southern California. Pablo poses of bracero while Jack poses of a dealer of permits to work in the United State to discover the leaders that exploit the laborers. They stumble upon the rancher Owen Parkson (Howard Da Silva) and they find he is the ringleader. But soon they are in danger and do not have means to communicate with their contacts. What will happen to Jack and Pablo?

"Border Incident" is a 1949 film about farm workers smuggling through the United States-Mexico border in a period of The Bracero Program. This illegal crossing of the border followed by the exploitation of the laborers make the fortune of the rancher Parkson in the story. The scene with Jack Bearnes on the field is impressive even in the present days. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Mercado Humano" ("Human Market")


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