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Bordertown (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 23 January 1935 (USA)
In Mexico, a former lawyer becomes the invaluable second-in-command to a casino owner, whose wife begins to fall for him.

Director:

Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

Writers:

Laird Doyle (screen play), Wallace Smith (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Muni ... Johnny Ramirez
Bette Davis ... Marie Roark
Margaret Lindsay ... Dale Elwell
Eugene Pallette ... Charlie Roark
Robert Barrat ... Padre
Soledad Jiménez ... Mrs. Ramirez (as Soledad Jimenez)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Harry
Gavin Gordon ... Brook Manville
William B. Davidson ... Dr. Carter (as William Davidson)
Arthur Stone ... Manuel Diego
Vivian Tobin ... Mrs. Garner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carmen Gould Carmen Gould
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Storyline

Embittered when prejudice cuts short his nascent law career, once-idealistic Johnny Ramirez leaves his home in Los Angeles and ends up in Mexico. He quickly becomes the invaluable second-in-command to Charlie Roark, the owner of a border-town casino. But Roark's wife falls hard for Johnny and goes to great lengths to make him hers, which sets in motion more perilous events. Written by Determined Copy Editor

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Barreira See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Cincinnati Friday 3 August 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Phoenix Thursday 6 September 1956 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Wichita Saturday 22 September 1956 on KAKE (Channel 10), in Boston Wednesday 26 September 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Indianapolis Saturday 6 October 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in San Francisco Friday 2 November 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Portland OR Saturday 1 December 1956 on KOIN (Channel 6), and in Bellingham WA Sunday 30 December 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

When Dale and Brook leave the Olvera Street cafe, the camera follows them down the street. Several objects and people pass between them and the camera, and the shadow of the camera falls across several of these. At one point, the shadow of a technician wearing a cap (presumably the camera operator) is plainly visible against a flat surface. See more »

Quotes

Marie Roark: The only fun I get is feeding the goldfish, and they only eat once a day.
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La Cachimba de San Juan
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Music by Lorenzo Barcelata
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"Johnny, you -- you didn't make 'em fix my automobile. Wh-why Johnny?"
7 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Young Mexican-American lawyer Johnny Ramirez (Paul Muni) is disbarred after punching out a lawyer who beat him in court! Embittered, he heads to Mexico where he goes to work in a border town casino. There Johnny falls for a stuck-up socialite (Margaret Lindsay) while he becomes the object of infatuation for the boss' crazy wife (Bette Davis).

Good WB drama with broad but enjoyable performances from Muni and Davis. Margaret Lindsay is always lovely. Nice supporting cast includes Eugene Palette, Robert Barrat, and Samuel S. Hinds. Well-intentioned social messages seem slightly embarrassing today. And yes, the movie is politically incorrect, for those who are bothered by that. Elements of this story were later used in the superior They Drive By Night with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart. A good movie, especially for Bette Davis fans.


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