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Wetbacks (1956)

Not Rated
89 min | Crime, Drama

About to lose his sole possession, his boat, for lack of payments, ex- Coast Guardsman Jim Benson takes a gamble on a fishing charter and removes the boat from the dock despite a sheriff's seizure order. But Jim finds himself with a ...See moreAbout to lose his sole possession, his boat, for lack of payments, ex- Coast Guardsman Jim Benson takes a gamble on a fishing charter and removes the boat from the dock despite a sheriff's seizure order. But Jim finds himself with a loudmouthed drunk, Shanks, and his companion, Sally. To avoid paying for the fishing excursion, Shanks stages a fight with Jim and, when Jim puts him ashore at a small Mexican port, Shanks takes off, stranding both Jim (who is out of gas as well as cash) and Sally. The two begin to become "friends in need" and are put up by Alfonso, local innkeeper who is a friend of Jim's. But the town is the base of operations for a gang, led by Bodine and Ortega, who smuggle illegal aliens into California for a profit. Learning of Jim's plight, they offer him money to run 'just one' shipment of these 'wetbacks' across the border - then blackmail Jim to continue working for them. Sally tries to persuade him to tell the police, but he is too afraid and plans to run away, so Sally reveals a secret which she intends to make him want to stay and fight to clear his name... Written by Rich Wannen See less
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Edward D. Wood Jr. (as Pete LaRoche)
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Updated May 4, 1956

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May 4, 1956 (United States)

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19 cast members
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Lloyd Bridges
Jim Benson Jim Benson   See fewer
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Nancy Gates
Sally Parker Sally Parker   See fewer
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Barton MacLane
Karl Shanks Karl Shanks   See fewer
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John Hoyt
Steve Bodine Steve Bodine   See fewer
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Harold Peary
Juan Ortega Juan Ortega   See fewer
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Nacho Galindo
Alfonso Alfonso   See fewer
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Robert Keys
Reeser Reeser   See fewer
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Salvador Baguez
Mexican Policeman Mexican Policeman   See fewer
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Jose Gonzales-Gonzales
Wetback (as Jose Gonzales Gonzales) Wetback (as Jose Gonzales Gonzales)   See fewer
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Louis Jean Heydt
Coast Guard Comdr. Randall Coast Guard Comdr. Randall   See fewer
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Roy Gordon
Hoppy Hoppy   See fewer
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Scott Douglas
Immigration Officer Immigration Officer   See fewer
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Wally Cassell
Coast Guard lieutenant Coast Guard lieutenant   See fewer
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Tom Keene
Highway Patrol Inspector (as Richard Powers) Highway Patrol Inspector (as Richard Powers)   See fewer
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Gene Roth
Truck Thug Truck Thug   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 32 votes