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Federal Agent at Large (1950)

A crime ring is smuggling gold from Mexico across the border in the US. The Customs Service sends an agent to Mexico to try to infiltrate the ring and stop the smuggling.


George Blair


Albert DeMond


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Patrick ... Solitare
Robert Rockwell ... Dr. Ross Carrington
Kent Taylor ... Mark Reed, aka Nick Ravel
Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez ... Lopita
Thurston Hall ... 'Big Bill' Dixon
Frank Puglia ... Angelo 'Angel' Badillo
Roy Barcroft ... Nels Berger
Denver Pyle ... 'Jumpy' Jordan
Jonathan Hale ... James Goodwin
Robert Kent ... Harry Monahan
Kenneth MacDonald ... Captain
Sonia Darrin Sonia Darrin ... Mildred
Frank McFarland Frank McFarland ... Duke Warren
John McGuire ... Customs officer


A crime ring is smuggling gold from Mexico across the border in the US. The Customs Service sends an agent to Mexico to try to infiltrate the ring and stop the smuggling.

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DEATH LURKED BEYOND THE BORDER...and in her arms! See more »


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Release Date:

12 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traidor Inesperado See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The poster from this movie can be seen in The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) in the scene of the news of Catherine Martin kidnapping. See more »


'Jumpy' Jordan: To beat somebody with your fists doesn't make you anybody. On the other hand, a shiv gives you real authority.
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Referenced in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


Written by Jack Elliott
Sung by Estelita Rodriguez
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Formulaic film with a good cast
27 October 2016 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Taylor and Rockwell are serviceable b- and c- level leading men of the era who undoubtedly worked for a discount salary. Thats OK, they are what they are and never do a bad job in any role. Dorothy Patrick is a well-built blonde who every man would want; she is very desirable while always maintaining a wholesomeness that can't be lost even in a bad-girl role like she has here. Estelita enhances this film with a lovely singing voice and an engaging upbeat persona- she really sings beautifully and she is worth your time to hear. Excellent supporting actors round out the cast.

This film is made strictly according to the b-movie government agent formula of the era (in this case customs agents), and you have seen it all before. Most of it is indoors on routine cheap movie sets. However, finally near the end some money is expended by the producers and you get some real action location work at an actual seaport. These scenes are pretty good and lead to a satisfying conclusion. After all, there is nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned formula style rousing ending, is there?

This group of lesser-known actors do good work and keep "Federal Agent At Large" watchable for me.

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