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- kevin sellers
Just didn't grab me, despite the relevance of its subject. Don't know why exactly. Maybe it was the absence of a femme fatale, so essential to the noir genre, of which I consider this to be an example. Or maybe it was the lack of cynical, wisecracking humor in the script, another vital noir ingredient. Certainly a bland performance from George Murphy in the lead didn't help. Nor did I care for the wasting of the great Alfonso Bedoya in a throwaway (and racist) role. And Anthony Mann's pacing is uncharacteristically sluggish. So what you're left with is the usual solid, earnest work from Ricardo Montalban, some good villainous bits from Howard Da Silva and the always wonderful Charles Mc Graw, and the haunting cinematography of John Alton that lifts you from your couch and transports you to the border. Give it a C plus. P.S. Arthur Hunnicut FINALLY sheds his chatty, grizzled prospector persona and tries something new (i.e. a human trafficker scumbag) and wouldn't you know he doesn't get a goddamn credit! Go figure Hollywood.
I finally caught this little gem from 1949 and was pleasantly surprised. Very tough and gritty with great camera angles and lighting. A very entertaining and eye opening film...recommended!!!
The Ugly Realities Of Illegal Immigration.
- Raymond Banacki
"Border Incident" is a terrific film about human trafficing - superbly directed and superbly acted, too.
Who needs foul language, over the top violence, and blatant sex to make a film so exciting, you don't want to blink, because you might miss something? What a great story, with so much action! Truly well acted and well directed. With all its toughness, there is still human caring, loyal friendship; yes, and tribute to God and country. What a wonderful example of classic film. I want to see this one again. Quicksand! What a terrible way to go! Thank you TCM, for this one. Please, show it again.
This is a tough movie. I now have a fear of heavy farm equipment. It also renewed my childhood fear of quicksand, of all things!
Ahead of Its Time
There's an interesting emphasis on the high tech of the times with smugglers utilizing military signal lights, walkie talkies, and tape decks. Some of the language is dated, but the stark realities of border crossing in not glossed over. The saga continues today. I found it surprisingly relevant.
A Sign of the Times
There's a lesson here.
Considering this was filmed in the late Fifties, it is clearly an interesting film on immigration. Especially, since all the debate is going on as of late. Both Montalban and Murphy play interesting characters. A must see.
Classic b&w suspense
- Tess Touve
while not up to modeern standards, this is still fun to watch and often amusing - dialogue, costume, action sequences. Great for families, too. Language is mild. Great rainy day fare....