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A Fugitive from Justice (1940)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  15 June 1940 (USA)
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Fugitive Lee Leslie is wanted by three groups; the police, the gangsters who fear his testimony in court and the insurance company that carries a $1,000,000 policy on him and is anxious to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Pryor ...
Lucile Fairbanks ...
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Ziggy
Sheila Bromley ...
Ruby Patterson
Morgan Conway ...
'Julie' Alexander
Donald Douglas ...
Lee Leslie
John Gallaudet ...
Mark Rogers
Lottie Williams ...
Mrs. Henrietta Leslie
Joe Devlin ...
Hinky-Dink
Steve Darrell ...
Zorilla (as Stevan Darrell)
John Harmon ...
Gorwin
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Murphy (as Robert E. O'Connor)
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Corkery (as Thomas Jackson)
Eddy Chandler ...
Gray (as Eddie Chandler)
Edward Keane ...
Partridge (as Ed Keane)
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Fugitive Lee Leslie is wanted by three groups; the police, the gangsters who fear his testimony in court and the insurance company that carries a $1,000,000 policy on him and is anxious to protect its interests by seeing that Leslie stays alive. The company assigns Dan Miller to find Leslie. A night club singer, Ruby Patterson the beneficiary of his will, tips the gangsters as to his whereabouts. He escapes but the gang kidnaps his sister Janet and his mother. His plan to surrender to the police now depends on being able to rescue them first. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He Fled From The Law... Into The Hands Of Killers!

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Crime | Drama

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Fugitivo de la justicia  »

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Too Uneven and Silly to Work
6 May 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

A Fugitive from Justice (1940)

** (out of 4)

Boring crime picture about an insurance investigator (Roger Pryor) who goes out looking for a fugitive who just happens to be running from the police who are trying to kill him as well as a group of gangsters who also wants him dead. The investigator hopes to bring him to justice so that his company won't have to pay out a large sum of money. If you don't know director Terry O. Morse's name you might be familiar with some of his films like British INTELLIGENCE with Boris Karloff and FOG ISLAND George Zucco. I mention those two films because like them, this one here is pretty boring from start to finish and there's not an inch of energy to be found anywhere. What's really strange about this picture is that it almost seems two different directors were given certain pages of the script and asked to film them. The problem is that the two directors never talked about what type of film they wanted to make so one went out and did a straight crime picture while the other did some sort of spoof. Considering there was only one director, it's rather shocking to see how poorly paced this thing is and at how wildly uneven it is. The film starts off being able to grab one's attention because the set-up is pretty straight-forward and it seems like you're going to be in for a treat. Sadly this feeling is over within minutes as the main story kicks up and the film turns into some badly acted, over-the-top scenes meant to get laughs but instead it just drives one crazy. Pryor just doesn't have enough going for him to hold the viewer's attention and Eddie Foy, Jr. is just too silly for his own good. Lucile Fairbanks, the niece of Douglas, is decent in her supporting role but the screenplay doesn't give her much to do. A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE is a pretty bland excuse for a crime picture and even at just 52-minutes the thing drags.


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