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Face of a Fugitive (1959)

Approved  |   |  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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May 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf heißer Fährte  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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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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Written by John A. Stone
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A quiet gem
31 August 2005 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

Fred MacMurray really stands out in this largely unknown western. MacMurray's character is on the run, but gets tangled up in the deadly affairs of a small town. The love story, which could have been nothing more than a routine plot device, actually works on a very fundamental level. MacMurray is top notch as the film's anti-hero. The rest of the cast is not as good, particularly a wooden Lin McCarthy as the embattled sheriff. Director Paul Wendkos delivers a crisply directed film. A lot of little things which could have been done routinely or sloppily are filmed with gusto and precision. The end-of-the-movie shootout is particularly energetic. Face of a Fugitive is not a great western, but it's very entertaining and should be seen by genre fans.


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