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Romance on the Run (1938)

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A man who has the knack for finding stolen items. Then returns them to the insurance company finds some fake jewels that he was unaware of and turns them in. Antics ensue.

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Barry Drake
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Dale Harrison
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Lily Lamont
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Whitey Whitehouse
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Police Lt. Eckhardt
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Charlie Cooper
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J.W. Ridgeway
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Happy Drunk
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Pappy Hatfield
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Mondoon
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Phelps
Jean Joyce ...
Dolly
Georgia Simmons ...
Ma Hatfield
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A man who has the knack for finding stolen items. Then returns them to the insurance company finds some fake jewels that he was unaware of and turns them in. Antics ensue.

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Republic Pictures production number 650. See more »

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Mondoon's shop advertises itself as selling "Antiques and objects d'art". It should be "objets d'art". See more »

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Are You a Dreamer?
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Written by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin
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Who you gonna call, Donald Woods
28 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Romance On The Run might rate better had it been done with some better production values. As it is Universal Pictures was doing a lot of cost cutting because the Laemmle regime had nearly bankrupted the place at this time.

When some jewels are stolen that are insured by Granville Bates's company, he always calls Donald Woods who recovers them for a fee and no questions asked. Woods is a guy who skips nicely over the dividing line of crook and detective, kind of like the Saint, but no one can prove a thing. Especially not William Demarest who isn't much smarter than Tom Kennedy in the Torchy Blane series. But he doesn't give up for lack of trying.

Through a bad combination of circumstances, Woods and man Friday Edward Brophy are chasing crooks Craig Reynolds and Grace Bradley through the USA south. Woods also has Patricia Ellis from Bates's office along for the ride and that's what the Romance On The Run is all about. Demarest is chasing all of them.

If this had been done at MGM with William Powell and Myrna Loy, Romance On The Run might well have been a classic. As it is it's an OK programmer, but nothing special.


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