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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 »

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Jack Bernhard

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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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Language:

English

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7 April 1948 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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There really was a Polar Palace Ice Rink in Los Angeles but it burned down in 1963. See more »

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On Laura's record, it lists her date of birth as 1927 and the date of her arrest as November 7, 1943. That would mean she was Johnny's girlfriend at age 16 or even 15, but her age is listed as 20 on the card - which would make it 1947 (the year this film was made). And, if she was 15 or 16 at the time of her crime, she wouldn't have been sent to the women's prison at Tehachapi. See more »

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Laura Mead: [to Johnny Saxon] You know something, Johnny? It's been four years since I've been kissed. s been four years since I
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23 October 2018 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...because cop Johnny Saxon (Preston Foster) is literally haunted by his old relationship with recently released ex con Laura Mead (Belita). Four years ago she was his girl, but then the jewels from a robbery showed up in her apartment, and her brother was involved, but before he could say anything about Laura's involvement he was murdered. Laura went up the river for four years, vowing to kill her attorney and Johnny when she got out. This either means she was very guilty or very innocent.

So one minute Johnny is acting cold towards Laura because he thinks she played him for a fool by acting the good girl when she was actually a thief, and the next minute he is getting her a job at an ice rink(???). Yes I said ice rink, and there is even about a 5-10 minute number with Laura (Belita) figure skating in all of this in the middle that has nothing to do with the plot. But I'll get to this later.

So after Johnny spends a significant amount of time wandering around tormented about Laura, trying to get back to where he was emotionally in a way that reminds me of James Stewart in Vertigo, wandering the streets of San Francisco looking for a lost love he knows is gone, suddenly Johnny is OK with Laura. He believes her. Surprisingly Laura accepts Johnny's acceptance and seems to return this double minded man's love.

But then over one hour into this 84 minute film Laura's lawyer is found shot to death in his apartment with one of Laura's personal belongings lying close to the body. So has Johnny been made a fool of by this woman AGAIN, or is she really that unlucky? Watch and find out.

This is not one of those non stop action noirs. It is mainly just Johnny and Laura and their verbal dance of regret and attraction combined with some great cinematography and some classic noir scenes - the 40's diner, the bus stops, the long haul truckers, the line ups and inquisitions under hot lights. And there are a couple of LOL moments that are probably because this came from poverty row. Why is it every time there is a break in one of Johnny's cases the entire police force comes to a stop while he recovers from a punch or a wound or whatever? Can they not go after the suspect themselves? Then there is the case of X-Ray eyes Johnny has where he enters a room and goes straight to the place where a gun is hidden! Make this guy officer of the year!

Earlier I said I would explain the ice skating. Belita was a championship figure skater before her short acting career. I think her uncertain and untrained acting style worked for her in the films in which I've seen her, because you really don't know where she is coming from, and that adds to the suspense. I recommend it, especially if you've seen or heard Eddie Muller's comments on the film.


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