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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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Complete credited cast:
Sally Clark
Alice McGuire / Peggy Linden
Burnell 'Brick' Appleby
Carla Balenda ...
Rolene Wood
Walter Long
Richard Kincaid / William H. Jackson
John Kellogg ...
Kerry 'Lefty' McGuire
Harry Shannon ...
Wallace Bennett
Pat Sheldon
Christy Palmer ...
Mrs. Joan Brian


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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Release Date:

26 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seven Witnesses  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Paul Bennett is talking to his father in the hospital after the car chase, the man in the background turns twice to walk off screen. See more »


Kerry McGuire: He's right. I've drunk better alcohol out of compasses.
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Referenced in Major Crimes: Poster Boy (2013) See more »


Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (1939)
Sung and hummed by Lynne Roberts
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Run-of-the-mill murder mystery
3 December 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Low-budget murder mystery about a Public Defender trying to clear his client of a murder the man had been convicted of 12 years previously. Complicating things is the fact that he escaped custody after his conviction, but the PD believes the man to be innocent of the murder and works to find the real killer. Gig Young as the PD is okay, and James Anderson as the convicted killer is actually pretty good, but the picture as a whole just rambles along with little suspense, and despite some good character actors in the cast, the performances are generally below par. Director George Archainbaud was apparently more at home making westerns--he was churning out Gene Autry's TV series at Columbia at around this time--but even if he had tried to inject any liveliness into this picture, the hack script would have defeated his attempts. Average at best, the film climaxes with a courtroom scene that's straight out of an episode of "Perry Mason" and is just as predictable.

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