It's unusual for a noir film to toss in humor and a light touch along with the criminal goings-on, but Borderline does that. Not all that well either: with Raymond Burr as the heavy and Claire Trevor and Fred MacMurry as agents not realizing they are on the same side, this story never quite finds its footing. So Borderline may be the film's title, but it could also mean the way it doesn't quite decide what's serious and what's funny, leaving the viewer precariously watching along that borderline to figure it out.
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