This week’s mystery movie has been the 1949 film “Lost Boundaries, with Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, Susan Douglas, the Rev. Robert H. Dunn, Richard Hylton, Grace Coppin, Seth Arnold, Parker Fennelly, William Greaves, Leigh Whipper, Maurice Ellis, Edwin Cooper, Carleton Carpenter, Wendell Holmes, Ralph Riggs, Rai Saunders, Morton Stevens, Alexander Campbell, Royal Beal and Canada Lee.
Based on William L. White’s “Document of a New Hampshire Family” from Reader’s Digest, screen adaptation by Charles Palmer, screenplay by Virginia Shaler and Eugene Ling, additional dialogue by Maxime Furlaud and Ormonde de Kay. Art direction by Herbert Andrews, makeup by Fred Ryle, props by Fred Ballmeyer, music by Louis Applebaum, musical direction by Jack Shaindlin, additional songs by Albert Johnston Jr., Herbert E. Taylor and Carleton Carpenter. Photographed by William J. Miller and directed by Alfred L. Werker. Presented by Mantle Pictures, a Louis de Rochemont production.
“Lost Boundaries” is available on DVD from Warner Archive.
Writing in the New York Times (July 1, 1949), Bosley Crowther said:
One of the many bitter aspects of racism in our land — the in-between isolation of the Negro who tries to “pass” as white — is exposed with extraordinary courage, understanding and dramatic power in the new film entitled “Lost Boundaries,” which opened at the Astor yesterday. Viewed as emotional entertainment, as social enlightenment or both, it is one of the most effective pictures we are likely to have this year.
For Monday, we have a distinguished man of learning as a mystery guest.
Update: This is Emory Richardson.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is William Greaves.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and Monday’s mystery guest).
For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent. He was not told of such goings-on and definitely does not approve.
Update: This is Richard Hylton.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Tuesday’s mystery gent).
For Thursday, we have a mystery police official and Wednesday’s mystery guest as Back of the Head Guy.
Update: This is Canada Lee.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery gent), Jenny M. (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery gent) and Mary Mallory (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mystery guests).
And for Friday …
Update: This is Mel Ferrer and Beatrice Pearson.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (Thursday’s mystery gent), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery gent), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery gent) and Jenny M. (Thursday’s mystery gent).