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Young Fugitives (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, History | 30 June 1938 (USA)
A young man befriends the last surviving Civil War veteran, intending to rob him of $50,000.

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Old Joel Bentham (Harry Davenport) is awarded $50,000 as the last surviving Civil War veteran in his part of the country. His fellow townsmen in Cleardale are more than willing to help him spend it, but he remembers their neglectful years and decides to spend it as he sees fit. He offers a home to Meg (Dorothea Kent) who has been forced into a hobo life by economic stress and also takes in Ray Riggins (Robert Wilcox), wild young grandson of a war comrade. He promises to make Ray his heir, against the advice of his servant, Benjie Collins (Clem Bevans.) Ray plans, with the aid of some former criminal pals, to rob the old man but changes his mind and is fighting a losing battle against the crooks when a corps of American Legion men, coming to escort Joel to a train, mops up the robbers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A little slow and stagy
16 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

YOUNG FUGITIVES has an interesting premise which is about a geriatric old-timer who is awarded a huge cash sum of money for being the last living Civil War veteran in his part of the country. His newly-acquired fortune leads to both good situations and bad, as the old boy meets some new friends but, unfortunately for him, becomes acquainted with a robber gang who plan to get the money for themselves.

The situation that follows is part hostage film and part crime thriller, but for the most part it's just a slow and stagy drama. There's a heck of a lot of talk here which doesn't really add much to the discussion and the characterisation is nil throughout. The plot simply moves from A to B to C throughout in a very simplistic way which is perhaps unsurprising given this film's B-movie background.


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