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A remake of Robert Montgomery's 1934 hit Hide-Out, this superb film directed by Robert B. Sinclair (known for his classic Broadway productions of The Philadelphia Story, Dodsworth and Pride and Prejudice) creates a mesmerizing dance between innocence and a life gone wrong.Written by
This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Saturday 19 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); in Los Angeles it was first aired 21 September 1959 on KTTV (Channel 11), in San Francisco 3 July 1960 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally, in New York City 7 June 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Though Hunt and Weidler make a strong impression, the movie itself doesn't. It's entertaining enough as a programmer, but the sum total lacks impact. Seems gangster Lucky (Sterling) has to flee from cops and the city to hide out in the countryside. Trouble is he's shot on the way and is taken in by a genial farm family who knows nothing about his past, which he hides from them. Meanwhile, he's captivated by the family's charmingly innocent daughter (Hunt). Thus begins a slow process of reform as Lucky discovers a more fulfilling way of life. Despite his mellowing out, however, the city cops are still looking for him.
Sterling tries hard but lacks the gravitas of the gangster part. He's likable but without the complexity the part calls for. Thus attention shifts to Hunt and the spunky Weidler. On the other hand, catch the Runyonesque Ben Weidler as a doctor, no less. I don't think his degree came from Harvard. All in all, an underlying message does seem present. Namely, that good honest farm work and its uncomplicated people are a good tonic for corrupt city ways. At least, that appears the upshot. Of course, you don't have to agree to be entertained, especially by the marvelous Hunt and the lively Weidler. At the same time, I'm glad Sterling found his forte in the Topper TV series where his natural likability was enough.
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