A movie actress, mistakenly thinking she has killed a fellow actor, goes on the run and finds herself taken in by a Kentucky mountain family.


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Cast overview:
Cynthia Meade
Wade Murrell
Jack Harrison
Lesher Skidmore
Edythe Chapman ...
Mrs. Murrell


A movie actress, mistakenly thinking she has killed a fellow actor, goes on the run and finds herself taken in by a Kentucky mountain family.

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Driven by fear of detection she fled from the city to the Kentucky hills. There she became the point of controversy between two rangy woodsmen. Then she had to choose between the lover from the city and the back-hills mountaineer who had protected her...? (original poster)






Release Date:

5 April 1926 (USA)  »

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A Fugitiva  »

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The Runaway was released on April 5, 1926, two days before production began for Mantrap(April 7, 1926); the film is currently listed as lost, but it most sought after by silent film fans, due to William Powell's appearance in it. See more »

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The Runaway (1926) - Heart-Breaking Loss
8 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

Cynthia ( Clara Bow ), an ambitious young film actress who seeks advancement through Jack Harrison ( William Powell ), flees the movie location in Tennessee when Jack is shot by an accidental pistol discharge, knowing she will be unable to prove her innocence of the act. Wade Murrell ( Warner Baxter ), a Kentucky mountaineer, finds her lying in the road and agrees to help her across the state border into Kentucky; she accepts his protection, and he takes her to his home. Lesher Skidmore ( George Bancroft ), leader of a clan opposed to the Murrells, promotes strife against Murrell by announcing the arrival of a "painted woman," but Wade protects her against his enemies. Just as Cynthia, sensing Wade's growing love, decides to leave, Harrison arrives, becomes friends with Wade, and saves his life in a feuding clash. Jack asks the girl to return and marry him; Wade accedes; but at the last minute Cynthia decides in favour of Wade.

This 1926 silent drama was based from the novel The Flight to the Hills by Charles Neville Buck, directed by William C. de Mille for the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. The film starred Clara Bow, Warner Baxter, William Powell and George Bancroft. The Runaway remains a heart-breaking loss for fans of silent cinema and Clara Bow. Hopefully a copy survives and resurfaces.

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