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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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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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Additional Details

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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trevor Howard was cast at very short notice after the actor first cast dropped out.See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Gritty British noir, 8 September 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Cavalcanti directed this excellent British film noir, "They Made Me a Fugitive," with the then new star, Trevor Howard, as well as Sally Gray, Griffith Jones, and Mary Merrall. Howard plays Clem Morgan, a war hero who joins a black market ring, headed by Narcy (Jones) that does business out of Narcy's funeral business, the contraband entering in coffins. Clem, however, draws the line when he sees them dealing in drugs. He winds up being framed for a killing of a bobby, deserted while he's unconscious in a car. The ex-girlfriend (Gray) of Narcy, the chief criminal, comes to see him in prison, sure he's not guilty. Clem escapes and goes on the run, and reconnects with Gray. She tries to find the witness who can clear him.

Very ahead of its time in its graphic violence, which includes violence toward women. Also, the lead is not a hero, having turned to crime. The ending is also unexpected. My only complaint would be the hitting the audience over the head with the RIP letters on the roof, and also the phrase "It's later than you think," which was possibly the inspiration for its appearance in "Midnight Cowboy." The performances are very good, with Howard, Gray, and Griffith all in top form, and Merrall creates an interesting character. The camera-work is very good also, quite stunning.

Highly recommended - it's nothing like you'd expect.

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