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Borderline (1950)

Approved  |   |  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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Storyline

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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Two Undercover Agents Unwittingly Stalk the Same Target.

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Alarma en la frontera  »

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MacMurray, Bren, Claire Trevor and Seiter deferred their salaries to produce the film. See more »

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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 »

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Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin: I can also keep my mouth shut in two languages.
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Nowhere Near Noir…A Mislabeled Misstep
11 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barely Watchable Misfire that Waivers Wildly Between Crime Thriller and Comedy. The Cast does Their Best with this Lame Material and the Film Lacks Any Style Whatsoever. It is a Dated Movie that may have a Few Amusing Scenes and a Line or Two of some Good Wordplay but Overall it is a Mess.

There is One Embarrassment After Another. In the Opening a Lady Cop Fights to be Accepted in a Man's World. A Nightclub Song and Dance that is as Irritating as what goes on during the Scene as Lady Cop makes Advances Toward Raymond Burr, the Criminal Mastermind. A Bedroom Scene with Claire Trevor's Lady Cop Pulling a Gun on Fred MacMurray for what Might be a Pass. Last, but not THE Last Uncomfortable Scene is a Rest Stop at a Mexican't Home. Just Awful.

On the Positive Side, there is Actually Mention of the Word DRUGS, but Only Once, the Rest of the Time it is Referred to as Stuff. A Sadistic Interrogation Scene, and the Mention of a Truth Serum, a Tabloid Headline After the War that had some Interest about Human Rights. But that's it, Move Along, there is Very Little of Interest here.


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