The Sinful Border

The Sinful Border (German: Sündige Grenze) is a 1951 West German crime film directed by Robert A. Stemmle and starring Dieter Borsche, Inge Egger and Peter Mosbacher. Jan Hendriks won the German Film Award as Best Newcomer. It focuses on the smuggling of coffee, at the time an expensive luxury, into Germany.[1] It is also known by the alternative title of Illegal Border.

The Sinful Border
Directed byRobert A. Stemmle
Produced byArtur Brauner
Written by
Music byHerbert Trantow
CinematographyIgor Oberberg
Edited byWalter Wischniewsky
Distributed byPrisma-Filmverleih
Release date
8 November 1951
Running time
87 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Spandau Studios in Berlin. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Mathias Matthies and Ellen Schmidt.



  1. ^ Baer p.106


  • Baer, Hester. Dismantling the Dream Factory: Gender, German Cinema, and the Postwar Quest for a New Film Language. Berghahn Books, 2012.

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