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Border Incident


Dir. Anthony Mann. 1949, 94 mins. 35mm. With Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva. Mann’s MGM début is a brutal variation on T-Men with a more topical and explosive theme. A Mexican policeman teams with a U.S. agent on an undercover assignment to capture smugglers exploiting Mexican migrants crossing illegally into California. Border Incident bridged the director’s crime film cycle with his landmark westerns. John Alton’s unforgettable images include a harrowing and unmatched death-by-tractor sequence.

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