Woman on the Run (1950)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  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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Complete credited cast:
Eleanor Johnson
Dan Legget
Robert Keith ...
Police Inspector Martin Ferris
Frank Jenks ...
Detective Homer Shaw
Frank Johnson
Jane Liddell ...
Messenger Girl
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 ...
Tom Dillon ...
Joe Gordon (as Thomas P. Dillon)


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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Release Date:

29 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Einer weiß zuviel  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Inspector Martin Ferris: Don't you eat anything but dog food?
Eleanor Johnson: He's not particular, and I'm lazy, so we eat out.
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The Best Noir Film You've Never Seen
18 January 2003 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Shown for theatrically for the first time in 40 years at the 2003 San Francisco Noir Festival, this rediscovered gem has some of

the classic elements that make the genre so appealing; here an innocent bystander to a murder is on the run with a wife who is

desperately trying to find him before the cops or the killer can get to him.

A wisecracking Ann Sheridan careens around San Francisco with reporter Dennis OÕKeefe who may or may not be an ally.

One of the delights of this film is that the city is portrayed realistically with picturesque 1950 settings in North Beach,

Chinatown, Telegraph Hill and the long gone Playland at the Beach.

One interesting bit of trivia: Norman Foster later ditched the noir formula and became a successful director of Disney hits such as Zorro and Davy Crockett and eventually went on to direct episodes of the Batman and Green Hornet television series..

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