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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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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 Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989) See more »

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Don't mess with nature
29 June 2016 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Alan Curtis (Cliff) and Frank Fenton (Sam) are on the run after Fenton has committed a robbery. They split up and we follow the route that Curtis takes and the women that he meets along the way. Once he comes across Gloria Jean (Jane), his life will change forever.

This film has two flashback sequences at the beginning to explain how Curtis is an unlucky victim in life. He distrusts women and he is told to feel compassion for others if he wants to find happiness in life. The main part of the story happens once Curtis comes across Jean and her very likable father Frank Craven (Clem). Jean is blind and seems to live in a fairytale world where she works alongside Mother Nature. Don't annoy her. Cliff does...........

The film is short and ties up rather too conveniently but it's still worth watching. It is also worth noting that this film is an expanded version of a rejected segment from the film "Flesh and Fantasy", a film also worth seeing. As such, we get this episode as the main story involving blind Gloria Jean with some extras thrown around this to develop the role of Curtis. This doesn't quite work as we sympathize with him throughout these added on scenes, while he is actually pretty horrid during the main course – especially when he goes hunting!

The cast are all good including the 4 main women credited. Rather oddly, it appears that all 7 of the main cast no longer had film careers once the 1940s had passed.


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