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An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss's neurotic wife in this fast-paced and entertaining drama.
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Format:  DVD-R
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 20 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: August 4, 2009
  • Originally Released: 1935
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Composition by
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 8


User Ratings: 90
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. Full Review
Time Out
Sep 20, 2019
Rating: 3/5 -- Bordertown packs a stinging punch, chiefly because of Muni's frantic portrayal and Davis' extraordinary theatrics. Full Review
TV Guide
Apr 5, 2011
"Bordertown" otherwise manages to impale the spectator's attention before the picturesque and somewhat hysterical materials of the story. Full Review
New York Times
Sep 16, 2019
[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. Full Review
Washington Star
Sep 20, 2019
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. Full Review
Sep 16, 2019
The role of Johnny is one of those tense, slightly overwrought characterizations in which Paul Muni excels. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Aug 6, 2019
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] Full Review
Sep 20, 2019

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An ambitious Mexican-American gets mixed up with his boss's neurotic wife in this fast-paced and entertaining drama. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Bette Davis ("All About Eve"), Margaret Lindsay ("Please Don't Eat the Daises") and Oscar-winner Paul Muni ("Scarface") do an excellent job in bringing their complex characters to life.

Product Description:

Paul Muni stars in this drama about a romantic triangle that leads to madness and murder. Overly enthusiastic Mexican attorney Johnny Ramirez (Muni) is disbarred after his first trial for his flagrant disregard of courtroom etiquette. In desperate need of work, he takes a job as a bouncer in a sleazy bordertown night club owned by Charlie Roark (Eugene Pallette). Charlie's wife Marie (Bette Davis) is immediately attracted to Johnny and makes a none-too-subtle play for him. But Johnny has his eye on Dale Elwell (Margaret Lindsay), a socialite who enjoys slumming in low-class dives and admiringly refers to Johnny as a "savage." Johnny tells Marie that it's against his principles to get involved with a married woman, so she decides to do something about that: she traps drunken Charlie in his car while it's locked in a garage, allowing the carbon monoxide to take Charlie out of the picture. When Marie explains that she killed her husband and is now available to him, Johnny wants no part of her; bitter that Johnny has snubbed her, Marie implicates him in Charlie's murder, leading to a dramatic and surprising trial. Paul Muni reportedly moved in with his Mexican chauffeur in order to study his accent and reproduce it accurately for this film.


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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 1,689
  • UPC: 883316119020
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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