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Man on the Run (1949)

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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hopkins ...
Jean Adams
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
John Bailey ...
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
Anthony Nicholls ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

29 August 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mann im Netz  »

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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 »

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Solid Brit noir
13 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I saw this on a very poor DVD transfer it held my attention from beginning to end. Yes, as other reviewers have pointed out, there's nothing new here, but it's expertly done, and it's interesting to know that there were apparently 20,000 deserters on the run in the UK in 1949, and one imagines that many of them were as hard-done-by as our hero, but I won't spoil anything by revealing why he deserted. The film is certainly sympathetic to those 20,000 men who get the blame, by several representative members of the cast, for everything that's wrong with post-war Britain. Derek Farr is excellent in the main role as the deserter who has to raise some money when Kenneth More, who had served in the same outfit, happens into the pub where he's working under an alias and decides to blackmail him. While he's trying to pawn a gun the pawnshop is robbed and a policeman killed making him one of the suspects. Joan Hopkins is the sympathetic woman who helps him. Edward Chapman is the inspector investigating the case with ever-increasing impatience. Laurence Harvey, although billed fourth, has little to do as a sergeant with a soft spot for Hopkins. Plenty of noir atmosphere. Recommended.

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