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Lost Boundaries (1949)

Not Rated
99 min | Drama

This story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves to Georgia. When he arrives at the black clinic in...See moreThis story is a true account of the lives of Scott and Marsha Carter. Having graduated from medical school, Scott Carter, a fair-skinned African American, marries Marsha Mitchell and moves to Georgia. When he arrives at the black clinic in Georgia, he discovers that the job must inconveniently go to a Southerner. Discussions between two nurses at this clinic suggest that Scott's light skin may have some bearing on the decision not to hire him. Defeated but not conquered, Scott returns to Massachusetts to live with his in-laws until he can get employment. He tries unsuccessfully to obtain employment as an African American. Because Marsha is pregnant, Scott decides to take a job at Portsmouth Hospital, but he reluctantly does so as a white man. While there, he manages to save the life of Dr. Bracket, who encourages him to take a postion in Keenham, New Hampshire. Scott decides to continue "passing" for white. In Keenham, Dr. Scott Carter proves to be quite a success for the town. For twenty years, Dr. and Mrs. Carter live peacefully in Keenham with son, Howard and daughter, Shelley. All goes well until Scott and Howard decide to enter the military during World War II. When Scott applies for officer status with the Navy, an investigation reveals his black heritage, and he is barred from receiving a commission. Written by Broncine G. Carter See less
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Writers
Ormonde Dekay Jr. (additional dialogue) (as Ormonde de Kay) | Maxime Furlaud (additional dialogue) | Eugene Ling (screenplay) | Charles Palmer (adaptation) & 2 more
Producer
Louis De Rochemont (as Louis de Rochemont)
Cinematographer
William Miller (as William J. Miller)
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Jul 2, 1949 (United States)

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33 cast members
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Beatrice Pearson
Marcia Carter Marcia Carter   See fewer
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Mel Ferrer
Scott Mason Carter Scott Mason Carter   See fewer
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Susan Douglas Rubes
Shelly Carter (as Susan Douglas) Shelly Carter (as Susan Douglas)   See fewer
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Robert A. Dunn
Rev. John Taylor (as Rev. Robert A. Dunn) Rev. John Taylor (as Rev. Robert A. Dunn)   See fewer
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Richard Hylton
Howard 'Howie' Carter Howard 'Howie' Carter   See fewer
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Grace Coppin
Mrs. Mitchell Mrs. Mitchell   See fewer
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Seth Arnold
Clint Adams Clint Adams   See fewer
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Wendell Holmes
Mr. Morris Mitchell Mr. Morris Mitchell   See fewer
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Parker Fennelly
Alvin Tupper Alvin Tupper   See fewer
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Ralph Riggs
Loren Tucker Loren Tucker   See fewer
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William Greaves
Arthur 'Art' Cooper Arthur 'Art' Cooper   See fewer
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Ray Saunders
Dr. Jesse Pridham (as Rai Saunders) Dr. Jesse Pridham (as Rai Saunders)   See fewer
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Leigh Whipper
Janitor Janitor   See fewer
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Morton Stevens
Dr. Walter Brackett Dr. Walter Brackett   See fewer
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Maurice Ellis
Dr. Cashman Dr. Cashman   See fewer
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Alexander Campbell
Mr. Bigelow Mr. Bigelow   See fewer
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Edwin Cooper
Baggage man Baggage man   See fewer
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Royal Beal
Det. Staples Det. Staples   See fewer
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Canada Lee
Lt. 'Dixie' Thompson Lt. 'Dixie' Thompson   See fewer
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Margaret Barker
Nurse Richmond (uncredited) Nurse Richmond (uncredited)   See fewer
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Valerie Black
Receptionist (uncredited) Receptionist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Francine Everett
White girl as black (uncredited) White girl as black (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Gerstad
George Turner (uncredited) George Turner (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Glendinning
Lt. Lacey (uncredited) Lt. Lacey (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nancy Heye
Mrs. Compton (uncredited) Mrs. Compton (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Hobbs
Eddie Clark (uncredited) Eddie Clark (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peggy Kimber
Joan (uncredited) Joan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Horace Mitchell
Horace Durgin (uncredited) Horace Durgin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lee Nugent
Nurse Sullivan (uncredited) Nurse Sullivan (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patricia Quinn O'Hara
Mrs. Taylor (uncredited) Mrs. Taylor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emory Richardson
Dr. Charles Frederick Howard (uncredited) Dr. Charles Frederick Howard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Wendell
Mr. Parsons (uncredited) Mr. Parsons (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 328 votes