Bordertown Overview:

Bordertown (1935) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Archie Mayo and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner.


An ambitious but volatile Mexican attends night school in America, becomes a lawyer, then bungles his first case so badly that he is disbarred - and embittered. He then becomes a partner in a bordertown gambling house, where his associate's wife falls in love with him. The fireworks begin, especially from Davis as the distraught would-be mistress.

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The footage of the opening street scene of the border town was later re-used as the opening scene of the Mexican town in Code of the Secret Service. A short section of the same scene was also used during the opening Mexicali sequence in The Hitch-Hiker.
Nella Walker is on record for the part of Mrs. Elwell, but she did not appear in the film. 'Henry O'Neill' is on record for the part of Mr. Elwell, but he played the role of Attorney J.L. Chase. A modern source lists Eddie Shubert as Marketman, but he was not seen in the print.
Paul Muni hired a Mexican man as chauffeur to study his accent and mannerisms in preparation for this role.
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