7.1/10
318
27 user 5 critic

Lost Boundaries (1949)

This story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(additional dialogue) (as Ormonde de Kay), (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A doctor returning from the Korean War to his hometown in Pennsylvania must choose what next to do with his life

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Charlton Heston, Lizabeth Scott, Dianne Foster
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Medak
Stars: Alan Bates, Janet Suzman, Peter Bowles
Anna Karenina (TV Movie 1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the Russia of the 1880s, Anna Karenina sacrifices her marriage when she has a passionate affair with an army officer.

Director: Rudolph Cartier
Stars: Claire Bloom, Sean Connery, Jack Watling
Four Days (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A teenager gets caught in the middle of a bank heist gone awry.

Director: Curtis Wehrfritz
Stars: Kevin Zegers, Lolita Davidovich, William Forsythe
The Zero Boys (1986)
Action | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A group of friends travel to a wilderness area to play a survival game. Soon they unexpectedly find themselves in a real-life survival situation.

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Daniel Hirsch, Kelli Maroney, Nicole Rio
Sugar Boxx (2009)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

Sugar State Women's Prison. An Everglades hellhole where innocent girls are forced to slave in the swamps by day then turn tricks for the warden by night. A prison camp where corruption, ... See full summary »

Director: Cody Jarrett
Stars: Geneviere Anderson, Thela Brown, Linda Dona
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In 1940s Mississippi two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice and clear a black man of a murder charge.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: David Brian, Claude Jarman Jr., Juano Hernandez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A group of cheerleaders from the local high school decide to show their school spirit for their football team by sleeping with the opponents the night before the game so that they can be so worn out the opposition won't be able to play.

Director: Paul Glickler
Stars: Stephanie Fondue, Denise Dillaway, Jovita Bush
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mike Sturges and his younger brother, Roy, are sentenced to Yuma Penitentiary on a trumped-up train robbery charge. Both endure cruel treatment before Mike escapes to extract revenge on their enemies.

Director: Camillo Bazzoni
Stars: Steve Reeves, Wayde Preston, Guido Lollobrigida
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that live in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia is to take care of little girl named Silvia, whose unusual ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Enrique Taboada
Stars: Marga López, Joaquín Cordero, Norma Lazareno
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Jimmy's idol, James Dean, dies on September 30, 1955, the small-town Arkansas college undergraduate goes berserk. He and his friends hold a vigil which turns into a drunk and, finally,... See full summary »

Director: James Bridges
Stars: Richard Thomas, Susan Tyrrell, Deborah Benson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Shelly Carter (as Susan Douglas)
Robert A. Dunn ...
Rev. John Taylor (as Rev. Robert A. Dunn)
...
Howard 'Howie' Carter
Grace Coppin ...
Mrs. Mitchell
...
Andy
Seth Arnold ...
Clint Adams
Wendell Holmes ...
Mr. Morris Mitchell
Parker Fennelly ...
Alvin Tupper
Ralph Riggs ...
Loren Tucker
William Greaves ...
Arthur 'Art' Cooper
Ray Saunders ...
Dr. Jesse Pridham (as Rai Saunders)
Leigh Whipper ...
Janitor
Morton Stevens ...
Dr. Walter Brackett
Edit

Storyline

This story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves to Georgia. When he arrives at the black clinic in Georgia, he discovers that the job must inconveniently go to a Southerner. Discussions between two nurses at this clinic suggest that Scott's light skin may have some bearing on the decision not to hire him. Defeated but not conquered, Scott returns to Massachusetts to live with his in-laws until he can get employment. He tries unsuccessfully to obtain employment as an African American. Because Marsha is pregnant, Scott decides to take a job at Portsmouth Hospital, but he reluctantly does so as a white man. While there, he manages to save the life of Dr. Bracket, who encourages him to take a postion in Keenham, New Hampshire. Scott decides to continue "passing" for white. In Keenham, Dr. Scott Carter proves to be quite a success for the town. For ... Written by Broncine G. Carter

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The True Story Of A Family Who Lived A Lie For Twenty Years! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den osynliga gränsen  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Parker W. Fennelly (Alvin Tupper) appeared regularly on radio's "Fred Allen Show" as the character "Titus Moody." His first line was almost always "Howdy Bub!" It is also his first line in this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Classified X (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wouldn't Mind
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Carleton Carpenter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting film about prejudice in the north
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Lost Boundaries" is a 1949 film, based on the true story of a black family that passed for white in New Hampshire. The stars are Mel Ferrer, Beatrice Pearson, Richard Hylton, and Carleton Carpenter. Ferrer plays a black doctor, Scott Carter, who looks white. He wants to live as a black man, and his future wife (Pearson) who comes from a family that has always "passed" has agreed to live as a black as well. But after they marry and there's a baby on the way, and still no job, Scott decides to take a position in a white hospital. Eventually he becomes the town doctor. Before you know it, 20 years have passed, and he and his wife have never even told their children that they have black blood. This leads to complications.

Released the same year as "Pinky," "Lost Boundaries" is a very good movie about deep-seated prejudice that occurred in the north and not in its usual place, the south. Its essential problem is that it doesn't employ any black actors to play the Carters. "Pinky," a superior film, was criticized for the same reason, except that without Jeanne Crain, "Pinky" would not have been made. "Lost Boundaries" has no stars.

It is curious that the issue of "passing" seems to have piqued Hollywood's interest in the late '40s, and one wonders if World War II had something to do with it, with people venturing out of their neighborhoods and meeting others from different social positions and walks of life, all with the same goal of fighting the Axis. However, when Lena Horne went to entertain the troops in World War II, the black soldiers were behind the prisoners of war in the audience. You really wonder what was going through anyone's minds. Certainly not liberty and justice for all.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?