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Borderline (1950)

Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity.

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William A. Seiter

Writer:

Devery Freeman (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Johnny McEvoy - aka Johnny Macklin
Claire Trevor ... Madeleine Haley
Raymond Burr ... Pete Ritchie
José Torvay ... Miguel (as Jose Torvay)
Morris Ankrum ... Bill Whittaker
Roy Roberts ... Harvey Gumbin
Don Diamond ... Deusik
Nacho Galindo ... Porfirio
Pepe Hern Pepe Hern ... Pablo
Grazia Narciso Grazia Narciso ... Porfirio's Wife
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tráfico de muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The price of 125 pesos per day for Johnny's and Madeline's hotel room would equal $23.20 per day at the time, or nearly $400 in 2016. 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 »

Quotes

Madeleine Haley, aka Gladys LaRue: I'm quitting, Mr. Whittaker.
Whittaker: Quitting, nonsense. You've shown yourself admirably equipped for this assignment. Isn't that right, McEvoy?
Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin: She has excellent equipment. And doesn't hesitate to use it.
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The badly edited version, released by Viking Entertainment/Burbank Video is missing the scene when the heroes discover they are both cops! See more »

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Two Undercovers
27 September 2011 | by bkoganbingSee 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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