Beautiful certificate from the Borderline Pictures Corporation
issued to Fred MacMurray in 1949. This historic document was printed by Goes and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of an eagle. This item has the signatures of the Company's President, Milton H. Bren and Secretary, William A. Seiter and is over 57 years old.
Customs agents are looking for information about Pete Ritchie, who is involved in smuggling drugs into the US. Police officer Madeleine Haley goes undercover in order to gain Ritchie's confidence, and before long she meets him through one of his associates. As she is talking with Ritchie, Johnny Macklin and one of his men burst in, and they provoke a violent confrontation. From then on, Haley is in constant danger as she attempts to figure out everything that is happening in the smuggling operation.
Full Cast and Crew for Borderline (1950)
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William A. Seiter
Devery Freeman (story)
Devery Freeman (screenplay)
Castin credits order:
Fred MacMurray .... Johnny McEvoy, aka Johnny Macklin
Claire Trevor .... Madeleine Haley, aka Gladys LaRue
Raymond Burr .... Pete Ritchie
José Torvay .... Miguel (as Jose Torvay)
Morris Ankrum .... Bill Whittaker
Roy Roberts .... Harvey Gumbin
Don Diamond .... Deusik
Nacho Galindo .... Porfirio
Pepe Hern .... Pablo
Grazia Narciso .... Porfirio's wife
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Brooks .... Charlie, Police Detective (uncredited)
Alden 'Stephen' Chase .... Police Detective (uncredited)
Paul Fierro .... Alonzo, Mexican Police (uncredited)
John Indrisano .... Harvey's Henchman (uncredited)
Richard Irving .... Al (uncredited)
Charles Lane .... Peterson, U.S. Customs (uncredited)
Gregg Martell .... Ernie, Harvey Henchman (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin .... Pepi, Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Howard Negley .... Cop (uncredited)
Manuel París .... Harvey's Bartender (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli .... Drunk (uncredited)
Clifton Young .... Suspect Being Questioned (uncredited)
Milton H. Bren .... producer
William A. Seiter .... producer (uncredited)
Fred MacMurray (August 30, 1908 – November 5, 1991) was a Hollywood actor who appeared in over one hundred movies, during a career that lasted from the 1930s to the 1970s.
MacMurray's most famous role was that of the slightly stammering Steve Douglas, the widowed patriarch on the CBSTV series, My Three Sons. My Three Sons ran from 1960 until 1972.
MacMurray was often typecast as a lovable, friendly fellow, and he capitalized on this by starring in a number of live-action comedies for Walt Disney during the later part of his career, with his biggest hits being The Shaggy Dog and The Absent-Minded Professor.
MacMurray's early film work is largely overlooked by many film historians and critics, but in his heyday, he worked with some of Hollywood's greatest talents including director Preston Sturges and actors Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Barbara Stanwyck and Claudette Colbert. Early in his acting career, he also appeared on Broadway in Three's a Crowd in 1930, and in the original production of Roberta (on which the movie was based) in 1933 with Sydney Greenstreet and Bob Hope.
Born in Kankakee, Illinois to Maleta Martin and Frederick MacMurray, his mother and the newborn accompanied his father, a concert violinist, around the country before finally settling in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin at the age of five. During his childhood in Beaver Dam he earned the nickname "Bud". While attending Beaver Dam High School, he became one of the most popular teenagers in town, and was known for his athleticism. MacMurray received 12 varsity letters in three years of high school. He was considered one of the best fullbacks and punters in the State of Wisconsin, and earned a full scholarship to attend Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
In college, MacMurray participated in numerous local bands, playing the saxophone. After one semester at Carroll, he left for Chicago to look for professional gigs.
In spite of his "nice guy" image, MacMurray often stated that the best film roles he ever played were two in which he was cast against type by Billy Wilder. He played the role of Walter Neff, an insurance salesman who plots with a wealthy heiress to murder her husband, in the film noir classic Double Indemnity (1944). In 1960, he played a slimy, two-timing corporate executive in Wilder's Oscar-winning comedy The Apartment, with Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon.
A shrewd investor, MacMurray was one of the wealthiest people in Hollywood, as well as one of the most politically conservative.
He was also the most frugal. Studio co-workers could not help noticing that even as a successful actor, MacMurray would usually bring a brown bag lunch to work, often containing a hardboiled egg. According to MacMurray's co-star on My Three Sons, William Demarest, MacMurray continued to bring dyed Easter eggs for lunch several months after Easter.
He was married twice. He married his first wife, Lillian Lamont, on June 20, 1936, and they adopted two children. Lamont died on June 22, 1953. He married actress June Haver in 1954, and they also adopted two children.
MacMurray died of pneumonia at the age of 83 in Santa Monica, California. He had long suffered from leukemia and sepsis syndrome. He was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. He was survived by his wife, June Haver (who died in 2005), and by his four children.
During the 1940s, the Fawcett Comics superhero character, Captain Marvel was modeled in some ways after MacMurray. (MacMurray had played a caped superhero in a dream sequence in the film No Time for Love.) The same image was later used in the creation of the 1990s character The Gentleman, from Astro City.
MacMurray was named the first Disney Legend in 1987.
William A. Seiter
A man of enormous appetites who preferred his leisure activities to filmmaking, William A. Seiter was every bit as easygoing as his directorial style. After attending Hudson River Military Academy, Seiter broke into films as a bit player at Mack Sennett's Keystone studios. He graduated to director in 1918, and a director he remained until his retirement in 1954. At Universal in the mid-'20s, Seiter was principal director of the popular Reginald Denny vehicles, most of which co-starred Seiter's then-wife Laura La Plante (his second wife was actress Marion Nixon). In the early talkie era, Seiter helped nurture the talents of RKO's comedy duo Wheeler and Woolsey in such rollicking features as Caught Plastered (1931) and Diplomaniacs (1933). He also proved to be the perfect director for Laurel and Hardy, guiding the Derbied Ones through their best feature, Sons of the Desert (1933). Among the many stars directed by Seiter during his long career were Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan, Jack Haley, Deanna Durbin, Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Fred MacMurray, Lucille Ball, and the Marx Brothers. While many of his films were minor gems, Seiter was capable of turning out a clinker once in a while; if, for example, he ran into friction from his star (as was the case with Lou Costello in 1946's Little Giant), Seiter would get even by adhering religiously to the script, refusing to add any nuance or creativity to the project (this pettiness may have been the reason that one prominent actress of the 1930s referred to Seiter as the most unimaginative director she'd ever worked with). On his final four films, William A. Seiter functioned as both producer and director: the best of this quartet was The Lady Wants Mink (1953), a gentle satire of the then topical "raise your own coat" craze. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Milton Bren was a film producer and was married to Claire Trevor.
He was involved in the following pictures:
Borderline (1950) (producer)
Tars and Spars (1946) (producer)
Barnacle Bill (1941) (producer) (as Milton Bren)
Free and Easy (1941) (producer) (uncredited)
Wyoming (1940) (producer) (as Milton Bren) ... aka Bad Man of Wyoming (UK)
Remember? (1939) (producer) (as Milton Bren)
Topper Takes a Trip (1938) (executive producer)
There Goes My Heart (1938) (executive producer)
Merrily We Live (1938) (executive producer)
Topper (1937) (associate producer)
Filmography as: Producer, Miscellaneous Crew, Writer, Director, Production Manager
Miscellaneous Crew - filmography
"Hollywood and the Stars"
- The Man Called Bogart (1963) TV Episode (acknowledgment)
History from Wikipeida and OldCompanyResearch.com.