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15 December 1953 (USA) See more »
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Richard Coogan ... Bill Martin
Rosemary Pettit ... Janet

Frank Albertson ... Hank
Harry Bannister ... Clay Reeves
Edith King ... Lil
Charles Bolender ... Blake
George Marsh ... Managing Editor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renee De Milo ... Gigi
Scott Hale ... Policeman
John Krollers ... Red
Marlow ... Burlesque Girl
Mike O'Dowd ... Bat
Joseph Sullivan ... Marty

Steve McQueen ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur J. Beckhard 
Joseph Lee 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arthur J. Beckhard  story & screenplay
Cedric Worth  story & screenplay

Produced by
Robert Presnell Sr. .... producer
Cinematography by
Victor Lukens (director of cinematography)
Makeup Department
David Lawrence .... makeup artist
Art Department
Paul Heller .... set designer
Sound Department
Karl Nelson .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Roche .... chief electrician
Sol Roiseman .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nettie Smith .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Sidney Katz .... supervising editor
Milton Shifman .... supervising editor (as Milton Shiffman)
Other crew
Dorothy Westcott .... dance numbers staged by

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Also Known As:
"Honky Tonk Burlesque" - USA (alternative title)
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64 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Steve McQueen's first film.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Curiously captivating carnival noir, 27 September 2013
Author: mark_r_harris from United States

One of several worthy discoveries in Something Weird Video's "Weird Noir" set, and the most formally interesting of the bunch. "Girl on the Run" obeys the classical unities of action (one plot, which is all you have time for in 64 minutes), time (it all takes place in one evening), and place (it is set entirely inside a traveling carnival's grounds). The film is spatially fascinating: you really get a sense of how a carnival can pack a lot of activities into a smallish area, and how, out of direct sight of the public, the "inner world" of the carnival company can go on vigorously despite there being no apparent physical room for it. The sound design is dense and realistic and lends a high degree of verisimilitude to the film's texture.

"Girl on the Run" is bookended by an excellent night-time opening shot of the carnival and its Ferris wheel from a medium distance, very atmospheric, and a great closing shot of a laughing mechanical clown. Some thought went into the presentation here.

On the debit side, the acting is fairly ordinary, although protagonist Richard Coogan - television's first Captain Video - is certainly a handsome, energetic chap. The storyline is nothing special either. And yet the very standardness of these elements throws the more innovative aspects of the movie into higher relief, and the overall result is highly watchable.

I encourage any film history student or scholar looking for an offbeat candidate for detailed analysis to take a look at this movie; I think you might see rich possibilities in it.

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