Two federal agents, one from Mexico and one from the United States team up to break up an illegal human trafficking operation along the US/Mexico border. Released in 1949 and directed by Anthony Mann and starring the incomparable Ricardo Montalban and George Murphy, this taut crime drama is sometimes mistakenly categorized as noir, though it lacks the essential noir elements, such as a femme fatale. It is a top-notch crime drama though and the cinematography, directing, acting and subject matter all elevate it to the top of our scale. We dive into some of the political aspects of the plot and discuss the stark similarities to the situation at the border today.
We hope you enjoy this review as much as we enjoyed watching the film.
And up next, a long time request from several listeners and one of our all time favorites “North By Northwest”!
We’re so excited to review it, we already know it will be a two part review, we will have so much to discuss.
So until next time, stay warm if you’re in the midwest of the United States. Brrrrrrrr.