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Woman on the Run (1950)

Passed  -  Film-Noir | Crime | Drama  -  29 November 1950 (USA)
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Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Eleanor Johnson
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Dan Legget
Robert Keith ...
Inspector Martin Ferris
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Maibus
Frank Jenks ...
Detective Homer Shaw
Ross Elliott ...
Frank Johnson
Jane Liddell ...
Messenger Girl
Joan Shawlee ...
Blonde (as Joan Fulton)
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Sea Captain
Steven Geray ...
Dr. Arthur Hohler
Victor Sen Yung ...
Sammy Chung
Reiko Sato ...
Suzie (as Rako Sato)
Syd Saylor ...
Sullivan
Tom Dillon ...
Joe Gordon (as Thomas P. Dillon)
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Storyline

Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith), on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank's wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O'Keefe), Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Film-Noir | Crime | Drama

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29 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Eleanor Johnson: [In the dark shadows of roller coaster on the deserted beach at night] I don't like this place.
Danny Leggett: It's a good spot. I used to come here with my girl when I was a kid. It's more frightening than romantic. It's the way love is when you're young... life is when you're older.
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Unforgettable scenes plus San Francisco locations
7 January 2004 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Woman on the Run has some wonderful scenes. Ann Sheridan plays a disenchanted wife whose husband was a witness to a gangland killing (while walking his little dog). Realising that he is in great danger the man goes into hiding (without the dog). Right from the beginning the noirish drama is mixed with hilarious humor. The police officers who come to the Sheridan character's house after the incident are cheeky and mean to the extreme. The woman who for some reason is treated like a suspect even has to open all her kitchen cupboards (I won't tell you what's in it, it's very telling and absolutely funny). Many aspects of the script do not stand up to logic. But, well, it is "only a movie" and therefore it does not matter at all – quite on the contrary in fact.

Alfred Hitchcock must have run this one in his screening room more than once. The finale in a funfair has a strong resemblance with the one in his Strangers on a Train, released one year later. It has an astonishingly well done nightly rollercoaster scene. Furthermore there is some very good location shooting on the streets of San Francisco. I can highly recommend this well fotographed and directed movie with good performances, especially by Ann Sheridan.


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