Illegal Entry (1949)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Long before he became producer/director of The Tonight Show, Fred DeCordova helmed the Universal meller Illegal Entry. Howard Duff, who later worked with DeCordova on the TV series Mr. Adams and Eve, stars as Bert Powers, an undercover agent for the U.S. Department of Immigration. While attempting to bring a vicious gang of alien smugglers to justice, Powers falls in love with Anna Duvak (Marta Toren), a gang member who is Not What She Seems. The film leaves no cliché unturned, not even the familiar scene wherein the airborne smugglers dispose of their human cargo by way of a handy lever which causes the bottom of the plane's passenger section to drop out. Illegal Entry is staged in semi-documentary fashion, maintaining the then-prevalent tradition of such popular films as House on 92nd Street and Call Northside 777.

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smuggling, agent [representative], border [geographic], federal-agent, gangster, illegal-alien, investigation, investigator, justice, love, Mexico, police, ring [jewelry], tracking [following], undercover, widow/widower