John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »
Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault... See full summary »
Based of the Graham Greene novel about a revolutionary priest in Central America. A priest who is The Fugitive is trying to getaway from the authorities who have denounced Christianity and want anyone linked to it dead. The Fugitive finds shelter with an Indian Woman (The Woman), a faithful parishioner, who gives the priest directions to Puerto Grande, where he could then board a ship and sail to freedom in America. On his journey to Puerto Grande, he meets up with a man who says he will protect him. In reality, he is the Police Informer and once The Fugitive realizes this, he is back on the run, but the Police Informer is never far behind along with the authorities.Written by
When the Priest is on line getting ready to board a ship, he is approached by a young boy that was baptized by him. The boy informs him that his mother is dying and wishes for the priest to come home with him to give her the last rites. What is not explained is how did the boy just happen to know that the priest was in town and getting ready to board a ship at that precise moment and in the third class section. See more »
A Police Informer:
[to the priest]
He's dying, Father. He wants you to come. You cannot refuse a man who is dying, Father. He has so much to confess.
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Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
("The Dying Cowboy") (uncredited)
American folk ballad based on an older sea song (1932)
Variation heard as theme for the Gringo (Ward Bond) See more »
Martyrdom? It's over rated.
The Fugitive is directed by John Ford and adapted to screenplay by Dudley Nichols from the Graham Greene novel The Labyrinthine Ways. It stars Henry Fonda, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz, J. Carrol Naish, Leo Carrillo and Ward Bond. Music is by Richard Hageman and cinematography by Gabriel Figueropa.
Latin America and anti-cleric policies render the last remaining priest in this particular state a fugitive...
Depending on which side of the fence you sit, this is either a turgid bore or one of John Ford's masterpieces. Ford himself claimed it to be one of his favourites of his own movies, but that may well just have been him standing tall in the face of criticism. Undeniably it's a visual treat as the great director blends his landscape skills with expressionistic stylings, but the religio allegory of the narrative is quite frankly dull and often too oblique for its own good. It doesn't help that Fonda is miscast either, the great director unable to steer Fonda to a performance to off set the staid screenplay he's forced to work with. While the other characters just come off as artificial.
Interesting to look at and with some commentary (biblical/repression) in the mix, but it's an experiment from one of America's greatest directors that doesn't work. It's not hard to see why it was a box office stiff. 5/10
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