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Destiny (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Fantasy | 22 December 1944 (USA)
Two bank robbers, Cliff Banks and Sam Baker go their separate ways while being chased by the law. Now fleeing alone, Cliff begins to reflect, via flash back, the various events and unsavory... See full summary »

Directors:

Reginald Le Borg, Julien Duvivier (uncredited)

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (original screenplay), Ernest Pascal (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gloria Jean ... Jane Broderick
Alan Curtis ... Cliff Banks
Frank Craven ... Clem Broderick
Grace McDonald ... Betty
Vivian Austin ... Phyllis Prager
Frank Fenton ... Sam Baker
Minna Gombell ... Marie
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Two bank robbers, Cliff Banks and Sam Baker go their separate ways while being chased by the law. Now fleeing alone, Cliff begins to reflect, via flash back, the various events and unsavory people in his life that lead to his life of crime. Cliff ends up in the idyllic rural town of Paradise Valley. Cliff discovers the local people are very trusting and decides the town would be the perfect place to pull a scam. He meets a farmer named Clem Broderick and his strange blind daughter Jane. Jane seems to have super natural powers; she can use a dowsing rod to find water, has ESP, and can control the forces of nature. However, despite all her powers, she is unable to read Cliff's mind and discover his plan to steal the Broderick farm out from under them. However, when Jane discovers what the stranger is up to, she invokes a vision in which Cliff is terrorized by the forces of nature and drowns in the river. Cliff, now shaken, vows to reform, and in the process save Clems life when he is ... Written by Jim Riecken <youroldpaljim@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama | Fantasy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fugitive See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was originally a segment of the fantasy anthology film Flesh and Fantasy (1943). The footage was excised from the final print and expanded into an independent feature. See more »

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Referenced in Murder, She Wrote: Incident in Lot 7 (1992) See more »

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Holly Folly
13 October 2018 | by sb-47-608737See all my reviews

I went by the Duvivier's name and was shocked by the childishly made movie, and then later checked and found the only brilliant piece of the movie - the maniac chasing the girl - was Duviviers, and to accommodate it, the rest of the movie was made. The difference in the quality of not only the filming, but also the plot can be too clearly made out. When you work with these master-class excerpts, probably you need some one professional to add the prologue and epilogue to make it a feature film. Universal wasn't that much in dump in 44s, (thanks to Durbin) couldn't they have made something good about it? Or simply they didn't bother (or may be didn't understand). Probably rather than watching the whole movie, it is better to fast forward to where Julien started, and stop where he did.


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