Illegal Entry (1949)

83-84 mins | Drama | June 1949

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HISTORY

The film contains the following written foreword: "We gratefully acknowledge the generous cooperation and assistance of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the making of this picture." The film opens with statements about the Immigration and Naturalization Service spoken by Tom Clark, the United States Attorney General, and Watson B. Miller, the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. According to a LAT news item, portions of the picture were filmed along the Mexican border. HR news items include David Opatoshu and Houseley Stevenson in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been ... More Less

The film contains the following written foreword: "We gratefully acknowledge the generous cooperation and assistance of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the making of this picture." The film opens with statements about the Immigration and Naturalization Service spoken by Tom Clark, the United States Attorney General, and Watson B. Miller, the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. According to a LAT news item, portions of the picture were filmed along the Mexican border. HR news items include David Opatoshu and Houseley Stevenson in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Jun 1949.
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Daily Variety
8 Jun 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Jul 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Dec 48
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Dec 48
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 48
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 49
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
10 Dec 1948.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Jun 49
p. 4641.
New York Times
11 Jun 49
p. 11.
Variety
8 Jun 49
p. 18.
CAST
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CREDITED AS
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Adpt
Based on a story by
Based on a story by
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
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ART DIRECTORS
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MUSIC
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DETAILS
Release Date:
June 1949
Premiere Information:
Washington, D.C. premiere: 8 June 1949
Production Date:
10 December 1948--mid January 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
28 April 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2298
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83-84
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13702
SYNOPSIS

After a forest ranger finds an unidentifiable Polish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp dead in the wilderness of San Bernadino County, the matter is referred to Daniel Collins, the Los Angeles district chief for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Collins places a photograph of the dead man in a local newspaper, which results in a call from the man's cousin, who states that he paid $2,000 to have the man brought into the country. The cousin is murdered, however, before he can tell Collins to whom he paid the money, saying only that the transaction took place at the Blue Danube Café. Collins then goes to Washington, D.C., where he asks that an undercover agent be assigned to the case, preferably Bert Powers, a friend of Wally O'Neill, the deceased husband of Anna Duvak, the German-American owner of the Blue Danube Café. Though initially reluctant, Bert, an Air Force veteran living in Amarillo, Texas, agrees to work for Collins and heads for Los Angeles. Pretending to be an out-of-work flyer, Bert quickly makes friends with Anna, and because she likes him, she tries to discourage him from seeing her, in hopes of keeping him out of the clutches of gangster Nick Gruber. Nevertheless, Bert is soon contacted by the gangster's associates, who hire the flyer to smuggle an illegal alien into the United States from Mexico. Later, Nick hires Bert on a permanent basis, much to the annoyance of his more careful associate, Zack Richards. For the first few weeks, though, Bert is assigned to nothing more than routine cargo runs. Finally, he is assigned a smuggling flight from ... +


After a forest ranger finds an unidentifiable Polish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp dead in the wilderness of San Bernadino County, the matter is referred to Daniel Collins, the Los Angeles district chief for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Collins places a photograph of the dead man in a local newspaper, which results in a call from the man's cousin, who states that he paid $2,000 to have the man brought into the country. The cousin is murdered, however, before he can tell Collins to whom he paid the money, saying only that the transaction took place at the Blue Danube Café. Collins then goes to Washington, D.C., where he asks that an undercover agent be assigned to the case, preferably Bert Powers, a friend of Wally O'Neill, the deceased husband of Anna Duvak, the German-American owner of the Blue Danube Café. Though initially reluctant, Bert, an Air Force veteran living in Amarillo, Texas, agrees to work for Collins and heads for Los Angeles. Pretending to be an out-of-work flyer, Bert quickly makes friends with Anna, and because she likes him, she tries to discourage him from seeing her, in hopes of keeping him out of the clutches of gangster Nick Gruber. Nevertheless, Bert is soon contacted by the gangster's associates, who hire the flyer to smuggle an illegal alien into the United States from Mexico. Later, Nick hires Bert on a permanent basis, much to the annoyance of his more careful associate, Zack Richards. For the first few weeks, though, Bert is assigned to nothing more than routine cargo runs. Finally, he is assigned a smuggling flight from Mexico, and is met at the Ontario, California airport by Collins and his men. The plane is empty, however, as the smugglers threw all the immigrants out of the plane while over the Pacific Ocean, because they suspected one of being a government agent. Afterward, Dutch Lempo, the fugitive head of the smuggling organization, calls a meeting at his home in Mexico, and orders Nick to find the spy within their organization. They then set a trap for the infiltrator by having a seemingly drunk Richards falsely tell the flyers that Dutch is meeting with Nick at a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Before Bert falls for the trap, however, Anna asks him out, and the two are accosted at a nearby bar by Lee Sloan, another flyer and a jealous, unwanted suitor of Anna's. Lee then inadvertently saves Bert's life by beating him to the warehouse, in hopes of telling Dutch that Anna is cheating on him, and is killed by the gangsters. The next day, Bert goes to see Anna, and she admits that she knows that he is the government agent and invited him out in order to keep him from Richards' trap. After learning that she is working for the smugglers only to protect her illegal immigrant brother Stephen, Bert agrees to help her smuggle Stephen out of Los Angeles. Stephen, however, thinks that he has only caused his sister more trouble, and commits suicide by hanging himself. When Anna refuses to go to work the next day, Dutch insists on being flown into Los Angeles to see her. Bert is assigned to Dutch's flight, but is caught by Joe Bottsy, one of Dutch's thugs, when he telephones Collins from Mexico. Though initially knocked unconscious by Bert, Joe manages to call Nick in Los Angeles, who radios Richards, the co-pilot on Dutch's flight, about Bert's true allegiance. Bert manages to knock Richards unconscious, however, so Dutch is forced to let him fly the plane into Los Angeles. Knowing that he will be killed as soon as he lands the plane, Bert executes a crash landing, which knocks the gun out of Dutch's hand. Though injured in the crash, Bert survives with minor injuries, while Dutch and his gang are arrested and later convicted on numerous smuggling charges. For her cooperation, all charges are dropped against Anna and she is released into Bert's "custody." +

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