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Writers:
Jackson Budd (novel)
Noel Langley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 March 1948 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A little known,undervalued gem of British film-noir-THE British Gangster film. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sally Gray ... Sally

Trevor Howard ... Clem
Griffith Jones ... Narcy
René Ray ... Cora (as Rene Ray)
Mary Merrall ... Aggie
Charles Farrell ... Curley
Michael Brennan ... Jim
Jack McNaughton ... Soapy
Cyril Smith ... Bert
John Penrose ... Shawney
Eve Ashley ... Ellen
Phyllis Robins ... Olga
Bill O'Connor ... Bill
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Fenshaw
Vida Hope ... Mrs. Fenshaw
Ballard Berkeley ... Rockliffe
Derek Birch ... Police Constable Murray

Peter Bull ... Fidgity Phil
Gordon Court ... Sergeant
Lyn Evans ... Lorry Driver
Enid Cruickshank ... Club Hostess

Sebastian Cabot ... Club Proprietor
Ida Patlanski ... Soho Girl
Howard Douglas ... Chief Warder
Charles Doe ... Electrician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diana Graves ... May (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Eddie (uncredited)
Beatrice Varley ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Alberto Cavalcanti  (as Cavalcanti)
 
Writing credits
Jackson Budd (novel "A Convict Has Escaped")

Noel Langley (screenplay)

Produced by
Nat A. Bronstein .... producer (as N.A. Bronsten)
James A. Carter .... executive producer (as James Carter)
Noel Langley .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Marius-François Gaillard  (as Marius Francois Gaillard)
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Margery Saunders 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei  (as A. Mazzei)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Bear .... hair stylist
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist (as Natalie Taylor)
Ida Mills .... hair stylist (uncredited)
George Turner .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fraser Foulsham .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dicky Leeman .... assistant director
Guy Hamilton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Pat Kelly .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Dukelow .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Thomas Goswell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Burgess .... sound director
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Moray MacFarlane .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Slade .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Baker .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jock Easton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Day .... camera operator (as Bob Day)
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Lassally .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Mason .... lighting camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Cyril Stanborough .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Winbolt .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Sinclair .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy C. Binney .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne Barker .... cutter
Reginald Beck .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
Jean Dyball .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
Kenneth Horne .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"They Made Me a Fugitive" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
99 min | USA:78 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Feature-film debut of Michael Brennan.See more »
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39 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A little known,undervalued gem of British film-noir-THE British Gangster film., 21 September 1999
Author: Howl-2 from Sheffield, England

Alberto Cavalcanti's THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE is, to my tastes, the great British Gangster movie and a contender for great Film-Noir as well. At the time of release it was probably overshadowed by BRIGHTON ROCK and THE THIRD MAN, both similar in look and attitude, but what sets FUGITIVE apart is its uncompromisingly bleak realism and pessimistic amorality.

Trevor Howard plays the part of a former R.A.F. pilot who is struggling to survive in the austere post-war era of rationing and comparative boredom of peacetime life.He offers his services to a Black Market racketeer, Narcy, a foppish but lethal character who deals in contraband under cover of his legitimate funeral business.

Narcy and his gang are characters who just didn't appear in British films until GET CARTER came along.They are portrayed as the typical film 'cockney sparrows' of the time but with a difference-they carry flick-knives,knuckle-dusters and even guns.They listen in to the police on a huge radio set. At one point they are seen to knock out a British bobby.-you'd have to be born and raised in Britain in the forties or fifties to realise how what a shock that would have caused at the time of the film's release.

Trevor Howard's character,though,is thoroughly bad in a different way.He is a hero gone wrong,a good chap who lets the side down.When he's in a fight to the death with Michael Brennan he resorts to dirty fighting (very un-British at the time) and even head-butts Brennan.As Howard is creeping into the funeral parlour for the final confrontation with Narcy and his thugs we see a sign with the words ITS LATER THAN YOU THINK,which I believe resurfaced in Herlihy's MIDNIGHT COWBOY.

In conclusion I would like to propose that THEY MADE ME A FUGITIVE should be considered,along with Brighton Rock,Get Carter etc as a prime example of social realism in film.

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