Bordertown

Bordertown

Director: Archie Mayo Cast: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
UPC: 0883316119020
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:20:00
Sales rank: 12,224

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Muni Johnny Ramirez
Bette Davis Marie Roark
Margaret Lindsay Dale Elwell
Eugene Pallette Charlie Roark
Robert H. Barrat Padre
Hobart Cavanaugh Drunk
Henry O'Neill Chase
Gavin Gordon Brook Mandillo
Arthur Stone Manuel Diego
Vivian Tobin Woman
Soledad Jiminez Mrs. Ramirez
Oscar Apfel Judge at Law School
Wallis Clark Friend
William B. Davidson Dr. Carter
Alphonse Ethier Banker
Samuel S. Hinds Judge at Trial
Eddie Lee Sam
Chris-Pin Martin Jose
Addie McPhail Carter's Girl
Edward McWade Dean
Frank Puglia Commissioner
Eddie Shubert Marketman
Arthur Treacher Butler
John Eberts Alberto
Ralph Navarro Defense Attorney

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Laird Doyle Screenwriter
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Bernard Haun Score Composer
Robert Lord Producer
Jack Okey Art Director
Tom Richards Editor
Wallace Smith Screenwriter

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