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Lost Boundaries (1949)

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Until the House Un-American Activities Committee horned in, several postwar Hollywood films dealt with touchy "liberal" subject matter. Lost Boundaries stars Mel Ferrer as a light-skinned African-American, whose family is "passing" in an all-white New England community. When the truth comes out, the more bigoted neighbors demand the expulsion of Ferrer and his family. Considered pretty potent stuff in 1949, Lost Boundaries appears fairly conventional today, especially in its reluctance to cast a genuine black actor in the lead. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Mel Ferrer
as Scott Mason Carter
Beatrice Pearson
as Marcia Carter
Susan Douglas Rubes
as Shelly Carter
Richard Hylton
as Howard 'Howie' Carter
Canada Lee
as Lt. Thompson
Robert Dunn
as Rev. John Taylor
Rev. Robert Dunn
as Rev. John Taylor
Grace Coppin
as Mrs. Mitchell
Seth Arnold
as Clint Adams
Wendell Holmes
as Mr. Mitchell
Parker Fennelly
as Alvin Tupper
Ralph Riggs
as Loren Tucker
William Greaves
as Arthur Cooper
Rai Saunders
as Jesse Pridham
Morton Stevens
as Dr. Walter Brackett
Maurice Ellis
as Dr. Cashman
Alexander Campbell
as Mr. Bigelow
Edwin Cooper
as Baggage Man
Royal Beal
as Detective Staples
Emory Richardson
as Dr. Howard
Margaret Barker
as Nurse Richmond
John Gerstad
as George Turner
Peter Hobbs
as Eddie Clark
Horace Mitchell
as Horace Durgin
William G. Wendell
as Mr. Parsons
Lee Nugent
as Nurse Sullivan
Nancy Heye
as Mrs. Compton
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Critic Reviews for Lost Boundaries

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Viewed as emotional entertainment, as social enlightenment or both, it is one of the most effective pictures that we are likely to have this year.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

[The film] is truly one of humane ideals and skillful workmanship.

December 9, 2020 | Full Review…

A generally inadequate treatment of the subject. A pity, in view of the magnificent job it might have done.

July 28, 2020 | Full Review…

At least it steps up to that plate and swings and takes a healthy sock. And the movement, the determination will make people think.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Daring for its time, when viewed today it seems tame.

May 19, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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