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Lost Boundaries (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2 July 1949 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Alfred L. Werker

Writers:

Ormonde Dekay Jr. (additional dialogue) (as Ormonde de Kay), Maxime Furlaud (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Beatrice Pearson ... Marcia Carter
Mel Ferrer ... Scott Mason Carter
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Shelly Carter (as Susan Douglas)
Robert A. Dunn Robert A. Dunn ... Rev. John Taylor (as Rev. Robert A. Dunn)
Richard Hylton ... Howard 'Howie' Carter
Grace Coppin Grace Coppin ... Mrs. Mitchell
Carleton Carpenter ... Andy
Seth Arnold Seth Arnold ... Clint Adams
Wendell Holmes Wendell Holmes ... Mr. Morris Mitchell
Parker Fennelly Parker Fennelly ... Alvin Tupper
Ralph Riggs Ralph Riggs ... Loren Tucker
William Greaves William Greaves ... Arthur 'Art' Cooper
Ray Saunders ... Dr. Jesse Pridham (as Rai Saunders)
Leigh Whipper Leigh Whipper ... Janitor
Morton Stevens Morton Stevens ... Dr. Walter Brackett
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Storyline

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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"Why didn't they tell me I'm a Negro?" See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den osynliga gränsen See more »

Filming Locations:

Kittery Point, Maine, USA See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Featured in Classified X (1998) See more »

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Guess I'm Thru With Love
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Music and Lyrics by Albert Johnston Jr.
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The race closet
27 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

On a famous Law And Order episode S. Eptha Merkerssen confronts a suspect who has passed for white asking him what it was like. It must be a unique experience. But it's one gay people for generations did with use of the closet. I think Mel Ferrer's real life character of Scott Carter would have identified with the closet. He was in fact in a race closet.

Mel Ferrer got his first big break playing the lead who with his wife Beatrice Pearson is a light skinned black man, one who has 'good color' so he can pass. After losing a job at a hospital he was hoping to get Ferrer gets a position at a small Maine village, not unlike Bing Crosby coming to work to take over Barry Fitzgerald's practice in Welcome Stranger. But Bing wasn't exactly carrying the secret Ferrer has. He and Pearson never even tell their kids.

It all comes crashing down when a background check on Ferrer disqualifies him from a Naval commission. The only place for black people in those days was mess stewards. The rest of the story is how Ferrer and his family deal with being ripped from the racial closet and the town around him.

In the climax the town preacher Robert Dunn who was a real minister as well speaks for the town and how they deal with this knowledge about their trusted town physician.

Mel Ferrer got his first big break in Lost Boundaries and while it's not quite a classic it holds up well for today's audience.

Might be a good film for a gay black audience to view.


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