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      Borderline

      Released Mar 1, 1950 1h 28m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 11% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The Los Angeles police know that Pete Ritchie (Raymond Burr) has been bringing drugs into the city, but they can't pin a single piece of evidence on him. After many botched attempts to get at the crook, they resort to having cop Madeleine (Claire Trevor) go undercover and seduce her way into Ritchie's circle. Before she can get anywhere, she's abducted by Johnny (Fred MacMurray), a government agent posing as a thug. But Johnny and Madeleine have no idea they're on the same side of the law. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Roger Moore Movie Nation A bit more shooting and chasing and a little more style bechind the camera and “Borderline” could have crossed over “marginal” and into a near-noir that we’d consider part of the canon. Rated: 2/4 Aug 16, 2023 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The seriocomic crime drama had too few thrills to be thrilling. Rated: C+ Aug 9, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      paul d Despite three great actors - Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor and Raymond Burr - a clever premise, and nice locations in Mexico, Borderline was a weak film. The biggest problem is that it doesn't know if it wants to be a suspense thriller (most of the film), a comedy (odd scenes seemingly thrown in) or a romance (came on strong at the end, as was expected). I blame the director and screenwriter for this mess. It could have been a much better movie. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Tom M Watched this film because it was described as noire ... it is not ! It attempts to be comedic and romantic and fails miserably at both. It's confusing and quite frankly boring. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/19/20 Full Review kevin w Claire Trevor plays a prostitute/drug runner forced into making a run through Mexico to L.A. Fred MacMurray is a drug henchman/thug trying to squeeze a little drug money action for himself, stealing a drop from the local kingpin. They have to escape bad guy Raymond Burr, who's the kingpin. And so a road trip through Mexico, where our petty criminals have to depend on one another (as per It Happened One Night!) But are they really petty criminals??? Or can love blossom? The chemistry of the stars carry the effort, though both phone in their performances. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The cast (Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor, and Raymond Burr) and thumbnail story description of two undercover agents infiltrating a drug ring in Mexico had me excited about this film noir, but it ended up being a rather bland nourish adventure film. It's along the lines of "Out of the Past" or "The Big Steal" but nowhere as good. MacMurray and Trevor are both trying to bust Burr's drug smuggling ring, but neither knows that the other is an undercover agent. The cast makes the film watchable, but the story had more possibilities than what ended up on screen. A decent cast and set-up are squandered. Disappointing, but watchable. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member As old movies go, this one is worth seeing once. As a window into how the narcotics trade was viewed in the years after WWII, this is invaluable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member "Borderline" is a 1950 film that's just that - borderline good, borderline noir, borderline funny, borderline - well, just borderline. Though it stars Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor and Raymond Burr, you'll come away with the impression (possibly true) that once the big stars came home from the war, MacMurray's services were no longer needed and that Trevor, like so many wonderful Hollywood actresses, had passed 30 and was now diving for roles--An amusing romantic chase movie, with drugs, death and Raymond Burr thrown in... Guns, Cars, a Dame and a Plane!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The Los Angeles police know that Pete Ritchie (Raymond Burr) has been bringing drugs into the city, but they can't pin a single piece of evidence on him. After many botched attempts to get at the crook, they resort to having cop Madeleine (Claire Trevor) go undercover and seduce her way into Ritchie's circle. Before she can get anywhere, she's abducted by Johnny (Fred MacMurray), a government agent posing as a thug. But Johnny and Madeleine have no idea they're on the same side of the law.
      Director
      William A. Seiter
      Producer
      Milton Bren, William A. Seiter
      Screenwriter
      Devery Freeman
      Production Co
      Borderline Films
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 1, 1950, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 28, 2011
      Runtime
      1h 28m
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