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The Runaway (1961)

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A young Mexican boy runs away from an orphanage in California to search for his father in Mexico. On the way he takes a greyhound pup from a kennel in which he spent the night, and meets up... See full summary »

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Father Dugan
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Felipe Roberto
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A young Mexican boy runs away from an orphanage in California to search for his father in Mexico. On the way he takes a greyhound pup from a kennel in which he spent the night, and meets up with a priest who decides to help the boy find his father. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Completed in 1961 (although Father Dugan's truck bears 1956 California license plates, the birth date of the dog in the racing program is given as June 1961), this was never released theatrically in either the US or Mexico; the print broadcast on Turner Classic Movies bears a 1964 copyright statement by Specialty Records, Inc., which is the record label owned by the film's producer, Arthur Rupe. No actual copyright registration, however, can be confirmed. See more »

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A Lot Of Faith
30 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Father Flannagan said there was no such thing as a bad boy and founded Boys Town to prove his theory. With only one test case, but a real hard case, priest Cesar Romero has that particular theory tested by young Roger Mobley.

Mobley was 14 at the time he made The Runaway and he had done a similar role as a Mexican street kid in Dime With A Halo. Here he's an orphan urchin who sleeps in a room in a barn and hustles for whatever money he can make. All the time he's looking for his father.

He stows away in a truck driven by Father Cesar Romero, but gets stopped at the border crossing. The officials of both sides of the border give him over in custody to Romero.

Oh, there was another stowaway on the truck, a young puppy that Mobley took with him that turns out to be a greyhound. One fast greyhound to boot. The dog turns out to be Mobley's salvation.

The Runaway is a heartwarming boy and his dog story shot completely on location in Tijuana, San Diego and many points in between in the USA and Mexico. On the shelf for 45 years, it just made its debut on television on TCM.

I wonder what Roger Mobley must be thinking, 45 years to see what could be his best performance as a juvenile.


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