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Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)

A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome young customer, unaware that he is a gangster. The association results in her being tried and sentenced to a long prison term. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barton Powell
Alan Baxter ...
'Babe' Wilson
Goldie Gordon
Esther Dale ...
Frank Sully ...
Boothe Howard ...
Red Martin
Norman Willis ...
Frances Gregg ...
Charles Waldron ...
District Attorney
William Ingersoll ...
Rita Stanwood ...
Nurse Agnes
Grace Hayle ...
Nurse Jennie


A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome young customer, unaware that he is a gangster. The association results in her being tried and sentenced to a long prison term. However, the authorities permit her to escape, hoping that she will lead them to her boyfriend. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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15 November 1935 (USA)  »

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A Fugitiva  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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She was a moll and didn't even know it.
16 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Sylvia Sidney. Always in love with the wrong guy, whether it be Spencer Tracy in "Fury" (as a man wrongly accused of kidnapping/murder) or Henry Fonda in "You Only Live Once" (as an ex- con who can't get a break and ends up on the run due to trumped up charges), or in this film, with Alan Baxter. If it wasn't that, she was a girl from the slums, dealing with murder in the family in "Street Scene", crime elements in her neighborhood in "Dead End", or dealing with rotting tenements in "One Third of a Nation". Tiring of these roles, Sidney took to the stage for several decades, returning in character parts and becoming Tim Burton's favorite little old lady in "Beetlejuice" and "Mars Attacks!", wrapping up her career after more than 70 years on stage and screen.

Under contract to Paramount for much of the 1930's, Sidney was an early talkie version of Lillian Gish, playing all sorts of long- suffering waif's, and here she is no exception. She is happy at the beginning, running a country diner and befriending all the locales. She's thrilled by the arrival of boyfriend Baxter whom she only sees every few weeks, unaware that he's a gangster on the lam. A shoot- out in her diner results in her put on trial for supposedly being his accessory, and in prison, she finds the favor of the D.A. and a matron who wonder if she is indeed innocent. But the restlessness of the innocent brings on temptation, and when cellmate Pert Kelton ("The Music Man") makes a break for it, Sidney follows, which leads on a chase for the law to try and find the still at large Baxter. Sidney is unaware that their room is being bugged and that Kelton is being paid off by the fed's to trap Baxter into coming out of hiding.

Melvyn Douglas has the thankless role of a cantankerous hospital patient whom Sidney encounters while working as a dishwasher apparently under an assumed name. Other than having some great lines in his few scenes and offering Sidney a job as his secretary when he gets better, he really has nothing to do but give Sidney hope in finding a new life outside being associated with Baxter. Just as everything seems to be getting better for her (in spite of still being observed by the fed's), Baxter comes back into her life, basically taking her against her will and getting her deeper into trouble. This of course leads to a violent chase scene and a very dramatic conclusion.

While this is basically enjoyable, it's all nonsense as far as reality is concerned. Sidney gives a realistic performance, and gains sympathy for the predicament that she's in. Kelton, as far from her Mother Paroo role in "The Music Man", actually slaps her in one scene after revealing her anger towards her for getting them into a difficult situation. Baxter gains absolutely no sympathy for his thug character, totally selfish in spite of his supposed love for Sidney. Had they concentrated on creating a more believable script with less pathos and more realism, this could have been a decent crime picture with a woman as the lead character rather than the mediocre let-down it turns out to be.

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