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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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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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The car Johnny and Madeline drive in Mexico - and eventually push into a ditch - is a 1940 Buick Limited Phaeton (series 81C). MSRP at the time was $1,954 ($28,700 in 2016). In fully restored condition, this car could be easily fetch six figures in 2016. See more »

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When Johnny and Madeleine are ditching the body in the Mexican town, the right side of the car is completely splattered with dry mud. Moments later, when they ditch the car in the ravine, it is almost totally clean. See more »

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Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin: I got more names than a phone book.
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Two Undercovers
27 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Borderline has the interesting premise that two government agencies have operators working the same case and neither knows anything about the other. If they did there would be no film called Borderline.

According to a recent biography of Fred MacMurray the film was produced by Claire Trevor's husband Milton Bren and MacMurray was given a piece of the film in lieu of a salary. It doesn't look like to much was spent on production values so it probably made a profit for its investors who were also its investors.

Trevor is with the LAPD and she's sent in looking for dope smuggler Raymond Burr while MacMurray is with the Feds and he's worked his way into the gang of rival smuggler Roy Roberts. Circumstance throws these two together as MacMurray takes Trevor for what she is, a wisecracking moll whom he starts to fall for. Nevertheless his duty is clear.

Borderline is not quite an easy fit between film noir and comedy which both stars have done their share of. Nevertheless MacMurray and Trevor work well together. Borderline is the kind of film Fred might have done with Carole Lombard had she lived.

Fans of this most underrated actor will like this film, Fred carried worse in his career.


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