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A Gunman Has Escaped (1948)

| Crime, Drama | 1948 (UK)
A tough guy with a habit of calling other men sweetheart, accidentally shoots a man who tries to prevent him fleeing a robbery, then forces his two accomplices to go on the run with him. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
John Harvey ...
Eddie Steele
John Fitzgerald ...
Sinclair
Robert Cartland ...
Bill Grant
Ernest Brightmore ...
Johnson
Maria Charles ...
Goldie
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Red
George Self ...
Spike
Manville Tarrant ...
Alf
Denis Lehrer ...
Mike
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Jane
Frank Hawkins ...
Mr. Cranston
Hope Carr ...
Mrs. Cranston
Melville Crawford ...
Inspector Fenton
Hatton Duprez ...
Detective
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A tough guy with a habit of calling other men sweetheart, accidentally shoots a man who tries to prevent him fleeing a robbery, then forces his two accomplices to go on the run with him. While all over the news reports, they hide out as labourers on a smallholding, and in true film style one instantly falls for the owner's daughter. But ringleader Eddie doesn't care for anything, and has become trigger-happy to the point of delirium.

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Cheap and cheerful British crime thriller
24 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A GUNMAN HAS ESCAPED is a low budget British crime thriller released in the postwar years. The darker-than-dark subject matter may have been offputting to the jaded, war weary audiences of the time, although it's held up well for modern viewers. There are no familiar faces in the cast here, making this something of a real obscurity.

The storyline is a simple one about a trio of crooks hiding out at a farmhouse. They're already the subject of a manhunt by police thanks to their murdering of a passer-by during the robbery, but the intervention of family members at the farm leads to the group falling out, somewhat inevitably. The storyline is completely predictable, but the script keeps you focused on the action, and I notice that future director John Gilling had a hand in it. The ending is fun.


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