Illegal Entry (film)

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Illegal Entry
Illegal entry 1949 poster small.jpg
Theatrical release lobby card
Directed by Frederick De Cordova
Produced by Jules Schermer
Screenplay by Joel Malone
Story by Ben Bengal
Herbert Kline
Dan Tyler Moore
Starring Howard Duff
Märta Torén
George Brent
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Edward Curtiss
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1, 1949 (1949-06-01) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Illegal Entry is a 1949 crime film noir directed by Frederick De Cordova and starring Howard Duff, Märta Torén and George Brent.[1] The film and its treatment of illegal entry and unlawful residence in the United States is introduced by Watson B. Miller, the commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service under President Harry S. Truman.


An undercover agent (Howard Duff) attacks an illicit Mexican border immigrant smuggling operation.



Critical response[edit]

The New York Times film critic, Bosley Crowther, gave the film a mixed review, "A formidable introduction which features Attorney General Tom Clark and certain Immigration Bureau oficials who bespeak that service well does not camouflage Illegal Entry ... Howard Duff plays this hero in an acceptable rough-and-ready style and Marta Toren is attractive as the girl ... The backgrounds of southern California and Mexico are authentic enough. But the whole picture has the quality of a mechanical, oft-repeated show."[2] The film was given a favorable review in other newspapers inlcluding one in the Rushville Republican (Indiana), published on September 27, 1949[1]


  1. ^ Illegal Entry at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, June 11, 1949. Accessed: July 31, 2013.

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