An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he ... See full summary »


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit, a man is torn between revenge (which will probably destroy him) or ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Johnnoe is investigating a string of bank robberies but the robbers are determined to compromise Johnnoe and the investigation.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Nigel Patrick, Margaret Whiting, Katherine Woodville
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When John Harris's daughter is badly injured in an boating accident, the hospital tells him that she will need an urgent blood transfusion. Due to his religious beliefs Harris refuses ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Michael Craig, Patrick McGoohan, Janet Munro
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Communist agents trail an important scientist to try to steal his top-secret new formula.

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Derek Farr, Ella Raines, Donald Wolfit
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: John Mills, Joan Greenwood, Edward Chapman
The Long Haul (1957)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Desperate to earn money, Harry hooks back up with Joe Easy. The best scene is when they make the final run to cash out a load of furs and they get lost on the way through the forest. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unhappy wife uses her powers of manipulation to draw an infatuated man into an ill-fated jewelry heist.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Carol Ohmart, Tom Tryon, Jody Lawrance
Mystery | Thriller | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyer has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, causing Van Rooyer to become prime-suspect for the Scotland Yard.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three good men - a broken boxer, an American veteran trying to win back his mother-dominated wife, and an air force sergeant married to a faithless actress - are corrupted by Miles ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Laurence Harvey, Gloria Grahame, Richard Basehart
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

Director: Quentin Lawrence
Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Nigel Patrick
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a wealthy business man is found dead reporter Philip Trent is sent to investigate. Against the police conclusions, he suspects the assumed suicide is really a murder, and becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Michael Wilding, Margaret Lockwood, Orson Welles


Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hopkins ...
Derek Farr ...
Sgt. Peter Burden, alias Brown
Edward Chapman ...
Chief Inspector Mitchell
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
1st Paratrooper (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Alfie Bass ...
Bert the Barge Mate
Dan Underwood, burglar
John Stuart ...
Det. Inspector Jim McBane
Edward Underdown ...
Slim Elfey
Leslie Perrins ...
Corp. Newman the Blackmailer (as Kenneth Moore)
Martin Miller ...
Tony - Cafe Proprietor (as Martyn Miller)
Cameron Hall ...
Reg Hawkins
Eleanor Summerfield ...
May Baker, Anchor Hotel
Wapping Station Inspector


An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he looks for the real criminals. Written by Bill Davis <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Thriller


See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mann im Netz  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Kenneth More is credited as "Moore" in the opening credits, but as "More" in the end credits. See more »


Kenneth More is listed as Kenneth Moore in the opening credits but is listed correctly in the closing credits. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Deserter wanted for robbery receives a widow's help
9 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Man on the Run" (1949) is a Britnoir, now available in a German print that looks reasonably good, a big improvement over past prints circulating in the secondary market. The noir atmosphere and photography are plentiful. Derek Farr plays a deserter, virtually an involuntary one, who was ground down by the system. After 4 years of war service, he was not allowed to extend a leave when his close family members died. Bitter over losing his business for this time while others avoided service, he deserted, one of many to do so. He's spotted in a pub by Kenneth More (as Moore) who attempts blackmail. Farr is about to pawn his revolver when two masked men hold up the store. A policeman dies, and a manhunt for Farr begins. He is taken in by war widow Joan Hopkins. So begins their saga.

The police procedural part of the story adds quite a lot of tension, even as the story becomes rather predictable.

The movie works quite well, although marred by a major story coincidence that it's pointless to reveal. Farr is suitably downbeat over his situation, and the movie alludes throughout to the harmful effects of the war on many people. It's refreshing that Hopkins quickly believes the evidently sincere Farr. In most stories like this, a woman in her position facing an intruder is suspicious for so long that the conflict begins to seem concocted. By going over to his side because of her own situation, we feel that the war is causing rather widespread emotional distress. More's part as a blackmailer contributes to this as do some other bits. The furtive nature of the movements of Farr and Hopkins, the "on the run" feeling, and especially the attempts by the two of them to restart their lives form a solid emotional core to this film that lifts it above an ordinary thriller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Man on the Run (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: