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You Have to Run Fast (1961)

Dr. Frank Harlow is in the process of trying to save a man badly beaten by two gangsters whom he identifies to the police. When the victim dies the charge becomes murder and Harlow ... See full summary »




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Cast overview:
Dr. Roger Condon / Frank Harlow
Laurie Maitland
'Big Jim' Craven
Col. Maitland
Ken Mayer ...
Injun George
Shepherd Sanders ...
Bert (as Shep Sanders)
John Apone ...
Brad Trumbull ...
Deputy Sheriff Chet
Jack Mann ...
Police Lt. Dan Carbo
Max Mellinger ...
Doc Rayburn
John Clarke ...
Claudia Barrett ...
Ric Marlow ...
Jay Rocco
Lou Miles
Joel Lewinson ...
Small boy with camera


Dr. Frank Harlow is in the process of trying to save a man badly beaten by two gangsters whom he identifies to the police. When the victim dies the charge becomes murder and Harlow hightails it to the far woods where he finds a job as clerk Roger Condon in a sporting-goods store. Harlow's plan is to lay low until the gangsters forget about him. But complications arise from two different sectors. First, Harlow falls in love with the local beauty Laurie Maitland and second, the murderers find out where he is hiding. Written by Robert

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July 1961 (USA)  »

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Endangered witness Craig Hill runs away from gangster Grant Richards
28 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was pleased to view "You Have to Run Fast" (1960) in a DVD widescreen version. This is a late and lighter-looking noir that's minor, logical, tightly plotted, occasionally somewhat plodding, and overall entertaining for fans like me of this era of crime and noir pictures.

Craig Hill plays a doctor who inadvertently becomes a witness to an accidental murder resulting from a beating ordered by gangster Grant Richards. After some attempts at police protection, he takes off for a remote hunting village where he boards with Elaine Edwards and her veteran dad, Willis Bouchey who is in a wheelchair. He keeps his identity secret from them, but he and Edwards become romantically attached although not letting each other know. Not wanting to endanger them, he maintains a hands-off relationship.

Meanwhile Bouchey has two hoods systematically searching remote places for Hill, and they hit possible pay dirt. They're unsure because Hill's appearance has changed and he's changed from being a doctor to a clerk. Richards is a wanted man and in hiding himself, but thinking Hill a strong possibility, he comes out more into the open. Hill has a choice to stay or run. He mounts his courage and decides to stay. Hill's outnumbered but has his two friends as allies.

The picture is a low-key affair, making us feel at home in the hunting town small village that looks like America used to look more often than now before it became filled with malls, fast-food chains and big box stores. The friendly community atmosphere comes through as we meet also the gas station service man (not a self-service place), the local cop and the local motel help who doubles as a hunting guide. Edward Cahn is known as a people-friendly director and it shows here. His films may be embedded in their times, as most films are, but they are holding up well over the years because the stories are tight, the themes resonate, and they're not over-acted.

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