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Lost Boundaries (1949)

 -  Drama  -  2 July 1949 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beatrice Pearson ...
Marcia Carter
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Scott Mason Carter
Susan Douglas Rubes ...
Shelly Carter (as Susan Douglas)
Robert A. Dunn ...
Rev. John Taylor (as Rev. Robert A. Dunn)
Richard Hylton ...
Howard 'Howie' Carter
Grace Coppin ...
Mrs. Mitchell
Carleton Carpenter ...
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
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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

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

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2 July 1949 (USA)  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Dr. Carter is shown traveling by U.S. Coast Guard boat from Portsmouth N.H. to the Isle of Shoals, about 6 nautical miles from the city harbor. However, when the boat arrives to its destination it is actually the Cape Neddick Lighthouse station (a.k.a. the Nubble) just off the coast from York, ME. The house the doctor is shown entering is the lighthouse keeper's residence. See more »

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Lost Bounderies
30 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story Lost Bounderies is a movie about an African American couple that pass for white so the husband can get a job as a doctor. The couple lives this lie for many years until they are forced to face the truth and come clean with their children and community. Like all movies based on a true story Lost Bounderies takes liberties with the original story adding plot devices to make the story more dramatic and interesting. All in all the movie played out like a very long sitcom. The acting was average at best, the actors delivering the lines in the same monotone style no matter the situation. The plot was extremely weak leaving the motivations of many of the characters very ambiguous and contradictory. For example, the main character was an African American doctor who seemed very proud of his race but somehow he has raised a racist daughter who doesn't know that she is black. Another problem for the movie was making the townspeople seem extremely cautious of outsiders while at the same time not making them seem xenophobic and racist. i cannot help but feel that this movie was a very feeble and mediocre attempt at making a movie that dealt with race relations. The greatest weakness to this film is that it skirts around the real issue of racism and instead goes for the side issue of personal identity and the acceptance of other people.


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