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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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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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Cesar Romero is a priest helping a runaway boy and his dog in Mexico...
30 November 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

TCM claims that the film was never released because the producer couldn't find a distributor for it in 1963, and that it languished in film vaults for years, unseen and on the shelf.

Well, as it turns out, THE RUNAWAY isn't anything special. In fact it's a rather dreary story of a runaway boy (ROGER MOBLEY) and his Greyhound dog befriended by a Mexican priest (CESAR ROMERO) who has to reform the boy's life style of cheating and stealing before the final reel.

It's the sort of tale that has been done countless times before, nothing new in the way of material. Unfortunately, the print shown on TCM did not meet the standards for cinematography that Robert Osborne spoke of when he mentioned that it was photographed by award winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler, lacking contrast in shades of B&W that merely gave the film a washed out look.

Nice to report that Cesar Romero is fine as the well-intentioned priest who has to contend with the rambunctious youth and that the film ends on a satisfactory note with a nice reunion between boy and dog.

Claudio Guzman directed, but there's nothing much to recommend here except for Romero's convincing performance in a serious role. Robley, in the main role, is not exactly star material.


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