Borderline (1950 film)

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Borderline - 1950 Poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William A. Seiter
James Anderson
Produced by Milton H. Bren
William A. Seiter
Screenplay by Devery Freeman
Story by Devery Freeman
Starring Fred MacMurray
Claire Trevor
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Lucien N. Andriot
Edited by Harry Keller
Borderline Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1, 1950 (1950-03-01) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Borderline is a 1950 American romantic crime film directed by William A. Seiter starring Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor.[1]


Pete Ritchie (Raymond Burr) runs a narcotics smuggling operation to the USA from Mexico, which the Los Angeles Police Department and the US federal government have unsuccessfully tried to stop. Because of Ritchie's careful operating procedures, US authorities haven't even been able to find out the identities of his sources or customers and are desperate for a breakthrough. As a last resort, Madeleine Haley (Claire Trevor), an LAPD officer and former OSS operative, is sent undercover to Mexico to charm her way into Ritchie's confidence.

Once there, Haley manages to establish contact with Ritchie's gang, but is kidnapped by Johnny Macklin (Fred MacMurray), a federal agent posing as a hoodlum working for a rival of Ritchie's and who also steals a load of Ritchie's narcotics. Haley plays along and joins Macklin on a smuggling trip for the stolen narcotics, with Ritchie in hot pursuit.



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