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Borderline (1950)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Romance  -  1 March 1950 (USA)
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Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity.



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Complete credited cast:
Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin
Madeleine Haley
Pete Ritchie
José Torvay ...
Miguel (as Jose Torvay)
Morris Ankrum ...
Bill Whittaker
Harvey Gumbin
Don Diamond ...
Nacho Galindo ...
Pepe Hern ...
Grazia Narciso ...
Porfirio's Wife


Customs agents are looking for information about Pete Ritchie, who is involved in smuggling drugs into the US. Police officer Madeleine Haley goes undercover in order to gain Ritchie's confidence, and before long she meets him through one of his associates. As she is talking with Ritchie, Johnny Macklin and one of his men burst in, and they provoke a violent confrontation. From then on, Haley is in constant danger as she attempts to figure out everything that is happening in the smuggling operation. Written by Snow Leopard

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Comedy | Crime | Romance


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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After the original 1950 copyright lapsed in the 1970's, the film was considered to be in the public domain, and so found its way into the inventory of countless independent videotape and DVD distributors. See more »


At the end of the film there is a general mêlée and a fight between Macklin and Gumbin takes place behind and below the bar. The police fire a smoke grenade into the room and as Macklin rises from behind the bar there is blood seeping from his lower left lip. As he collapses on the floor the police and Madeleine Haley rush in. She embraces and kisses Macklin him but the trace of blood has disappeared from his face. See more »


Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin: I can also keep my mouth shut in two languages.
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Going South with Claire Trevor and Fred MacMurray
9 April 2010 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

"Borderline" is sometimes classified as film noir, but it's really a combination of crime drama and romantic comedy. Since she could pass for a one of those "cheap, tawdry-looking dames" and "speaks a pretty good Mexican," star Claire Trevor (as Madeleine Haley) is chosen to investigate dope-smuggling "sucker for dames" Raymond Burr (as Pete Ritchie) down South. Don't miss Mr. Burr's reaction to the dolled-up Ms. Trevor dancing as one of the "la-la, la-la" girls.

He responds to her "come hither" with a "vamoose!"

When Burr finally succumbs to the older woman's charms, fist-throwing Fred MacMurray (as Johnny Macklin) enters the picture. The glee with which Mr. MacMurray smacks his cast-mates around doesn't match the impending revelation about the character. Next thing you know, Trevor and MacMurray are off on a road trip resembling "It Happened One Night" and falling in love. MacMurray gets the line, "Who do you have to know around here to get something to eat?"

Big stars are catered to, sir, check with Norman Cook.

*** Borderline (3/1/50) William A. Seiter ~ Claire Trevor, Fred MacMurray, Raymond Burr, Morris Ankrum

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