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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 »

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Alfred L. Werker

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Ormonde Dekay Jr. (additional dialogue) (as Ormonde de Kay), Maxime Furlaud (additional dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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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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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The True Story Of A Family Who Lived A Lie For Twenty Years! See more »

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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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Based on the lives of Albert and Thyra Johnston, who lived in New Hampshire in the 1930s and '40s. See more »

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Featured in Classified X (1998) See more »

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I Wouldn't Mind
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Music and Lyrics by Carleton Carpenter
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Eccentric, Maybe Cowardly, Casting But Quite A Good Movie
29 May 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Can you imagine Mel Ferrer as a Pullman porter in the 1940s? Neither can I. He doesn't play one but his character, who is a young doctor passing for white, says that if he let his race be known he might end up doing that.

This is (so we are told) a true story. The Ferrer character is given a break: He becomes the local doctor in a small New Hampshire town. His wife, also played by a white actress who therefore can very easily "pass for white" goes along with his charade.

(The actor playing their son as an adult is very good. His character becomes involved in an adventure -- what, I cannot say without giving away the plot. It is related in a noir fashion that both works and seems a little generic.) Possibly we're meant to be inspired. My main feeling about the choice this couple makes is that it is egregiously unfair to their two children. The kids don't know they are black.

It's a low-keyed story, generally well acted. I found it hard not to get caught up in the central characters' dilemma.) I'm not sure why but the casting didn't bother me so much as that of "Pinky." Maybe because "Pinky" is more self-congratulatory about touching such a daring topic. "Lost Boundaries" is really not a message movie. It tells a story and tells it well -- albeit a bit dishonestly


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