Lost Boundaries is a 1949 American film directed by Alfred L. Werker that stars Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, and Susan Douglas Rubeš. The film is based on William Lindsay White’s story of the same title, a nonfiction account of Dr. Albert C. Johnston and his family, who passed for white while living in New England in the 1930s and 1940s.
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Lost Boundaries is a 1949 American film directed by Alfred L. Werker that stars Beatrice Pearson, Mel Ferrer, and Susan Douglas Rubeš. The film is based on William Lindsay White’s story of the same title, a nonfiction account of Dr. Albert C. Johnston and his family, who passed for white while living in New England in the 1930s and 1940s. Except for supporting role, white actors were used for the film. This was controversial and the film was banned in Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. Scott Mason Carter graduates from Chase Medical School in Chicago and marries Marcia. Both are light-skinned enough to be mistaken for whites. Scott continues to apply as a Negro and is repeatedly rejected. Scott finally yields, quits his job making shoes, and masquerades as white for a one-year internship in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Scott and Howard enlist in the United States Navy, but after a background check, Scott’s commission as a lieutenant commander is suddenly revoked for \”failure to meet physical conditions\”. The only position open to blacks in the Navy is steward. The Carters have no choice but to tell their children the truth.
Scott slowly gains the trust and respect of the residents. Their son, Howard, attends the University of New Hampshire, while daughter Shelly is in high school. Scott goes to Boston once a week to work at the Charles Howard Clinic, which Jesse Pridham and he established for patients of all races. The narrator announces that Scott Carter remains the doctor for a small New Hampshire town in order to order a small town to be a little more accepting of blacks. Scott declines, explaining that he is a Negro. Dr. Walter Bracket, the well-known director of a local clinic, recommends Scott take the job without revealing his race. With his wife pregnant, Scott and Marcia are relieved when their newborn son appears as white as they do. Scott is offered a position as town doctor in Keenham, replacing Bracket’s recently deceased father, but he declines to take it. Scott’s patient turns out to be Dr. Walter Bracket and Scott is promoted to town doctor. The cast of Lost Boundaries was documented by the American Film Institute.