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The Tijuana Story (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1957 (USA)
Tijuana is a city ridden with crime, vice and corruption, with the local Mexican mob stopping anyone who attempts to clean up the city. However, the mob meets its match when it is ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Manuel Acosta Mesa
... Mitch
Robert McQueeney ... Eddie March
... Liz March
Joy Stoner ... Linda
Paul Newlan ... Peron Diaz
... Pino
... Reuben Galindo
... Enrique Acosta Mesa
... Alberto Rodriguez
... Himself - the Narrator
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Tijuana is a city ridden with crime, vice and corruption, with the local Mexican mob stopping anyone who attempts to clean up the city. However, the mob meets its match when it is challenged by a brave newspaper editor. Written by Jim Riecken <youroldpaljim@yahoo.com>

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Here's why they call Tijuana America's bargain basement of sin! (US poster)

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Rodolfo Acosta's character is based on Tijuana journalist Manuel Acosta Meza. See more »

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Referenced in Sex Tape (2014) See more »

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Sin, vice, crime, and corruption south of the border.

Yet another fifties semi-documentary style crime thriller "ripped from the pages of todays headlines" purporting to expose the sin, crime, vice and corruption of some major city. This time the setting is south of the border in sunny Mexico, where a crusading newspaper editor battles the local syndicate who have turned the border city of Tijuana into a cesspool of drug dealing, gambling, and prostitution.

Despite the slightly different setting, THE TIJUANA STORY is mostly a routine low budget semi-documentary style crime drama. The film is not as exciting as many of the other films of this genre. At times the films pace slows down. Of interest is seeing Mexican actor Rudolfo Acosta in a change of pace from his usual villain roles, playing the crusading newspaper editor. James Darren is given top billing in the films ads, but his role is actually rather small. Here he plays an American teenager who goes to Tijuana for a few cheap thrills and ends up getting accidentally killed when fleeing police who try to bust him on drug charges. Also in the cast is Robert Blake with a phony Mexican accent.


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