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Borderline (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 March 1950 (USA)
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:
Pete Ritchie
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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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Two Undercover Agents Unwittingly Stalk the Same Target.


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1 March 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tráfico de muerte  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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MacMurray, Bren, Claire Trevor and Seiter deferred their salaries to produce the film. 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 got more names than a phone book.
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B movie, A cast
24 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Borderline" is a 1950 film that's just that - borderline good, borderline noir, borderline funny, borderline - well, just borderline. Though it stars Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor and Raymond Burr, you'll come away with the impression (possibly true) that once the big stars came home from the war, MacMurray's services were no longer needed and that Trevor, like so many wonderful Hollywood actresses, had passed 30 and was now diving for roles.

It's a story about two undercover cops - one Fed, one local - after a major drug dealer (Burr). Neither knows the other's true identity as they fall in love.

This is the kind of film RKO could do with one hand tied behind its back - put Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell or Jane Greer in it and you can see it working just fine. Why? The MacMurray role is perfect for Mitchum's tongue-in-cheek, lazy delivery, and Russell, who crackles with him, could give as good as she got. Their presence guarantees you'll have smiles and romance mixed in with your suspense. But here, the chemistry is off. Neither actor is quite right for their role. MacMurray plays it too straight while Trevor is off doing another movie. The film never establishes what it is - drama, comedy, what, so the viewer is constantly off-balance.

Disappointing, though Raymond Burr is plenty menacing as the drug dealer.

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