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Run for the Sun (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Thriller | 30 July 1956 (USA)
In Central America, an action-adventure novelist and a journalist for a magazine find themselves at the mercy of Nazi war criminals.

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Michael 'Mike' Latimer
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Browne
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Katherine 'Katie' Connors
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Dr. Van Anders / Col. Wilham Von Andre
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Fernandez
José Antonio Carbajal ...
Paco
José Chávez ...
Pedro (as José Chávez Trowe)
Guillermo Calles ...
Paco
Margarito Luna ...
Gran-Hotel Proprietor
Guillermo Bravo Sosa ...
Gran-Hotel Waiter
Enedina Díaz de León ...
Paco's Wife
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Mike, a Hemingway-esque adventure novelist, is spending his days in a self-imposed exile somewhere in Central America. A reporter for Sight Magazine, Katie, has tracked him down in the hope of getting the biggest scoop of her career. Mike falls for Katie. On a flight to Mexico City, their plane crashes near a remote hideaway of Nazi war criminals in hiding. The Nazis want to stay hidden and plan to dispose of their new guests. Written by jimthemoviefreak@gmail.com

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Trevor Howard was second choice and cast at short notice because the original choice turned down the part at a very late stage of preproduction. See more »

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Browne refers to Latimer's 1911 semi-automatic pistol as a revolver. Latimer doesn't correct him. See more »

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Katie: Was she very pretty?
Latimore: Who?
Katie: Your wife.
Latimore: I don't know Katie, I forgot.
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Version of A Game of Death (1945) See more »

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Lord Haw Haw as Count Zaharoff
6 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a first rate remake (redesigned) of Richard Connell's classic suspense short story, THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. If you are lucky, read the story. If you can't find it, see the 1932 movie with Joel McCrae, Leslie Banks (as the mad Count Zaharoff - General Zaharoff in the original short story), Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. It captures the best aspects of the short story, but not all the clever details. Also, the sets were reused by the same production group (along with Fay Wray, Armstrong, and Bruce Cabot) for KING KONG shortly afterwords.

Basically the story goes like this. The hero is sole survivor of a shipwreck, and finds himself on an island owned by the villain. The villain, a master hunter, is insane, and has found there is only one game worth hunting - "the most dangerous game" or man, the only animal that one knows can think. He gives his "guests" (he has caused the shipwrecks) a good dinner or two, and then they proceed to run for their lives or until he kills them. But Rainsford (the hero in the original short story) is a trained hunter too. So for a change, Zaharoff really has a worthy opponent. The ending of the tale I will leave to the lucky reader.

But this 1956 film is an interesting version of the original. The scene shifts to an isolated jungle area of Mexico. Richard Widmark and Jane Greer are in a plane crash, and are rescued by Trevor Howard and Peter Van Eyck, both of whom are far from welcoming. Widmark is not sure, but he keeps thinking he knows Howard, although he's never seen him. Then he realizes it's Howard's voice - he heard it in World War II, as a Nazi propaganda figure (a British traitor). In short, Howard is a version of William Joyce, "Lord Haw Haw" (see SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE VOICE OF TERROR). Van Eyck is Howard's brother-in-law.

Howard and Van Eyck have been less than willing to help Widmark and Greer get back to civilization before, because they did not want to have them report them to the authorities - they are wanted for war crimes (at least Van Eyck is). Widmark, when he makes the mistake of discovering who his hosts are, suggests that if they help him and Greer get back, he can take a message to Howard's loved ones about their safety. Unfortunately, Howard explains, his wife and children were killed in the war by bombing. As it is apparent that Van Eyck wants to see the strangers dead, Widmark and Greer take off to try to get to safety. And then the story follows the lines of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME.

But ironically there is one more switch. Howard has been connected to Van Eyck only by the marriage - personally he has no liking for the man. As it turns out, he would not mind if he could get out of the jungle - away from this remnant of a bloody, horrific past. And so the film actually goes onto a somewhat different conclusion. But I leave it to the viewer to see what it is.


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