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Bordertown

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After the L.A. judicial system disbars him following an angry outburst, recent law-school graduate Johnny Ramirez (Paul Muni) finds a job at a small casino south of the border. When Johnny's creative ideas help transform the failing casino into a high-class operation, the owner (Eugene Pallette) makes him the co-owner. But the owner's obsessive wife, Marie (Bette Davis), falls in love with Johnny, causing his life to spiral into a snare of jealousy, deceit and murder.

Cast

Paul Muni
as Johnny Ramierez
Bette Davis
as Marie Roark
Margaret Lindsay
as Dale Elwell
Eugene Pallette
as Charlie Roark
Gavin Gordon
as Brook Mandillo
Soledad Jiminez
as Mrs. Ramirez
Arthur Stone
as Manuel Diego
Oscar Apfel
as Judge at Law School
Samuel S. Hinds
as Judge at Trial
John Eberts
as Alberto
Eddie Shubert
as Marketman
Carlos Villar
as Headwaiter
Addie McPhail
as Carter's Girl
Frank Puglia
as Commissioner
Ralph Navarro
as Defense Attorney
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Critic Reviews for Bordertown

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  • Beautifully shot by Tony Gaudio, well acted, grippingly directed, the film makes acutely acerbic points about privilege and prejudice; but typically of Warners in its social conscience mode, settles in the end for the status quo.

    September 20, 2019 | Full Review…

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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  • "Bordertown" otherwise manages to impale the spectator's attention before the picturesque and somewhat hysterical materials of the story.

    September 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Finish is phoney, but it can't hurt the previous good work. Casting throughout the film, which is also well written [from a novel by Carrol Graham] and paced, is exceptionally good.

    September 16, 2019 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • [Muni's] performance, on the whole, is a typical Muni performance -- being vigorous, simple, unaffected and believable. He is one of those rare actors whose talents don't seem to be thrown pell-mell into the very teeth of the camera.

    September 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If you can forget some of the details (like Soledad Jiménez being the only authentic Hispanic person in the film), you will leave this film satisfied. [Full Review in Spanish]

    September 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The role of Johnny is one of those tense, slightly overwrought characterizations in which Paul Muni excels.

    August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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