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directed by László Kardos
USA 1957


Yet another fifties semi-documentary style crime thriller "ripped from the pages of todays headlines" purporting to expose the sin, crime, vice and corruption of some major city. This time the setting is south of the border in sunny Mexico, where a crusading newspaper editor battles the local syndicate who have turned the border city of Tijuana into a cesspool of drug dealing, gambling, and prostitution.

Despite the slightly different setting, THE TIJUANA STORY is mostly a routine low budget semi-documentary style crime drama. The film is not as exciting as many of the other films of this genre. [...]

Excerpt of review from Jim Riecken for located HERE


Theatrical Release: October 1957 (USA)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Choice Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC


Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:12:27

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.50 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2013
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Chapters 7



By 1957 city exposé sub-genre of film noir, highlighted in The Miami Story  review, was winding down. Producer Sam Katzman ran out of cities to expose in the US, so he went south of the border, to Tijuana for The Tijuana Story. Only 1 more city exposé was made after this - New Orleans After Dark (1958) by Allied Artists, subject of prior film from Columbia - New Orleans Uncensored.

Mexican character actor Rodolfo Acosta, mostly seen in US movies as a villain, play a surprisingly sympathetic role here as a newspaper editor battling the mob to clean up his city from crime. The film drags by too many plot-lines including Robert McQueeney as a club owner who closes his eyes on the criminal activity around him, Jean Willes as his devoted wife, James Darren as a teen in trouble and Joy Stoner as his love interest. The last two share especially cringe-worthy sequence on the beach. Thankfully, Rodolfo Acosta is on hand to make the film worth watching to the end.

Sony presents the film on a made-on-demand disc in a stellar progressive anamorphic transfer. There is very little damage on the print and the contrast is well-balanced. The mono audio is fine, with no distortion. There are only 7 chapters - a chapter every 10 minutes, and no menus - the films starts right after the company logo and FBI messages. A stellar release of, unfortunately, lackluster film.

  - Gregory Meshman


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