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Hunt the Man Down (1950)

The suspect in a 12-year-old murder case is finally caught and tried, but the witnesses are a bit hard to track down...

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Dishwasher 'Bill Jackson' thwarts a robbery; resulting publicity fingers him as the 12-years-missing Richard Kinkaid, wanted for murder. Kinkaid half-convinces public defender Paul Bennett of his innocence; but Paul knows he'll never convince a jury without the 7 witnesses who've had 12 years to vanish. It develops that these prosperous young folks have gone down in the world. Paul and his father, a one-armed ex-cop, have a week to find them... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Secrets bared in search for killer!


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26 December 1950 (USA)  »

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The poem in the letter written to the public defender by Rolene is taken from the poem known as "Tichborne's Elegy." Chidiock Tichborne took part in the 1586 Babington plot to murder Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. Tichborne wrote the poem to his wife when he was in the Tower of London awaiting execution. The lines in the letter are taken from the second stanza of Tichborne's 3-stanza poem. See more »

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In the closing scene where Paul Bennett is cross examining Pat Sheldon, he has his hands placed on top of the witness stand. In the next shot, his arms are now folded on top of the witness stand. See more »

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Kerry McGuire: He's right. I've drunk better alcohol out of compasses.
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WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO
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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (1939)
Sung and hummed by Lynne Roberts
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Some Lurid B-Movie Delights
11 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jam Packed Little Movie with Probably more Characters than the Budget or the Short Running Time can Encompass. There is much Cynicism in the Fate of the Many "Witnesses" to the Murder at Hand. Some like Mental Illness, Alcoholism, and Class Elitism are quite at home in the World of Film-Noir.

The Movie does its best to keep all the Players in Line but it can be somewhat of a Challenge to keep them all Straight. But it makes up for the Complications with some Sharp Cinematography and Deeply Affected Participants. There is the Wrongly Accused Man trying to Unwind the Events that happened Years before, and Gig Young is the Public Defender trying Desperately to Help.

The Film is so Full of Interesting Stuff that it Manages to be Entertaining Despite the Confusion. There is more than one Great Scene and some others that are Lurid B-Movie Delights. In the End it just Needed more Breathing Room to Elaborate on some of the Truly Interesting and Off-Beat Characters. But as it Stands there are some really Intriguing Interludes and doesn't Pull Punches as it Relies on some Stylized Realism for its Portrayal of Pulp Fiction.


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