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The Hunted (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 April 1948 (USA)
A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed. He arrests her anyway, and she is ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Bernhard

Writer:

Steve Fisher (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Preston Foster ... Johnny Saxon
Belita ... Laura Mead
Pierre Watkin ... Simon Rand - Attorney
Edna Holland ... Miss Turner
Russell Hicks ... Dan Meredith - Chief of Detectives
Frank Ferguson ... Paul Harrison
Joseph Crehan ... Police Captain
Larry J. Blake ... Hollis Smith (as Larry Blake)
Cathy Carter Cathy Carter ... Sally Winters
Robert Earle Robert Earle ... Spieler
Charles McGraw ... Detective
Tristram Coffin ... Detective
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A police detective investigating a jewel robbery discovers evidence that points to his girlfriend as the culprit, although she claims she was framed. He arrests her anyway, and she is convicted and serves several years in prison. Finally out on parole, she is soon mixed up in a murder. The detective is torn between his love for his girlfriend and his belief that she may have committed the murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the July 12, 1945 edition of the Los Angeles Examiner, an article notes that King Bros. Productions purchased Steve Fisher's original screenplay and intended Joel McCrea to play the lead. Then an article in the April 2, 1947 edition of Variety noted that Allied Artists had purchased the property for $75,000 ($881,000 in 2018). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Johnny goes to the office and pulls out Laura's file and opens it. Upon sitting down at the desk, he opens the folder again. See more »

Quotes

Laura Mead: Tell me something. What happens to a guys heart when he becomes a cop?
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Black Ice for Film Noir
22 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Internet Rule 34 says if there's a subject on the Web, there's porn about it. Maybe we need something like that for Film Noir: if it exists in the movies, there's a Film Noir about it. I suppose that's why this one has Belita as a femme fatale who does ice dancing routines.

Four years ago, cop Preston Foster arrested his girlfriend Belita for a jewelry robbery. Now she's out on parole, and he's gotten her a job at a hockey rink, teaching and performing. She says she was framed. He yearns for her and drinks. Eventually they reconcile, but then the defense attorney she claims threw her case is murdered.... and Belita's ring is found at the murder site.

Foster was at the end of his starring days. He was in his late 40s, and had been mature-looking when he entered the movies in the early days of sound. Fortunately, his solid presence would keep him working in star character roles. Belita is all right, but awkward off the ice. Longtime B cinematographer Harry Neumann (more than 300 films from 1918 through 1959) offers a lot of night-time shots, particularly a carnival midway sequence, for shadowy film noir lighting.

It's not a great movie -- Monogram didn't distribute those -- but it is a solid film noir for fans of the genre.


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