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Face of a Fugitive (1959)

 -  Western  -  May 1959 (USA)
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A man who was falsly accused for murder escapes the sheriffs and starts a new life in a town at the border of the States to Mexico. But he cannot settle in peace as his chasers are trying ... See full summary »

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Jim Larsen aka Ray Kincaid
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Sheriff Mark Riley
Dorothy Green ...
Ellen Bailey
Alan Baxter ...
Reed Williams
Myrna Fahey ...
Janet Hawthorne
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Purdy
Francis De Sales ...
Deputy Sheriff George Allison (as Francis deSales)
Gina Gillespie ...
Alice Bailey
Ron Hayes ...
Danny Larsen
Paul E. Burns ...
Jake the Barber (as Paul Burns)
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A man who was falsly accused for murder escapes the sheriffs and starts a new life in a town at the border of the States to Mexico. But he cannot settle in peace as his chasers are trying to find him. Written by Volker Boehm

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DANGER SHADOWED EVERY STEP HE TOOK! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Western

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May 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf heißer Fährte  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

In the climactic scene, when the damaged player piano runs down, its pitch slides downward, like a tape recording slowing down. Indeed, electric player pianos didn't exist until the 20th century, anyway - the early ones were all treadle-operated. See more »

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[first lines]
[the train carrying the Deputy Sheriff and his prisoner, Jim Larsen, pulls into the depot at Porter]
Deputy Sheriff: We'll be in Porter for a few minutes. Want some air, Jim?
Jim Larsen: Why don't you get off without me?
Deputy Sheriff: I'd be lonely.
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
Written by John A. Stone
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Much better than I would have suspected.
16 August 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While fans of "My Three Sons" and the Flubber films might not believe it, Fred MacMurray was the star of a wide variety of films up until the 1960s--romances, comedies, Film Noir and even Westerns. So I assume that an awful lot of people would be surprised to see a tough-as-nails version of Fred in FACE OF A FUGITIVE.

The film begins with Fred being under arrest for bank robbery. However, he is in the process of escaping when his brother intervenes and shoots the deputy. Both the deputy and brother are killed in the process and Fred is assumed to be the guilty party--which he is not. So now he's not just on the run for robbery but murder.

When he arrives in a far off town, no one there knows his identity. However, they have heard about the murder and are on the lookout for Fred. But, at least for a couple days, they don't have wanted posters, so they have no idea what he looks like. Unfortunately for Fred, he can't leave town because deputies have the roads out of town covered--in case this killer tries coming in or out of the city. So, he's stuck, at least for now, and begins to make friends in the town--particularly with a pretty lady as well as the sheriff.

Overall, it is an exceptional western--even with "Steve Douglas" in the lead. I particularly like how it ended--it was exciting yet a bit vague--which I enjoyed. Good acting and a good script--this one is a keeper.


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