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Hunt the Man Down (1950)

The suspect in a 12-year-old murder case is finally caught and tried, but the witnesses are a bit hard to track down...

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writer:

DeVallon Scott
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gig Young ... Paul Bennett
Lynne Roberts ... Sally Clark
Mary Anderson ... Alice McGuire / Peggy Linden
Willard Parker ... Burnell 'Brick' Appleby
Carla Balenda ... Rolene Wood
Gerald Mohr ... Walter Long
James Anderson ... Richard Kincaid / William H. Jackson
John Kellogg ... Kerry 'Lefty' McGuire
Harry Shannon ... Wallace Bennett
Cleo Moore ... Pat Sheldon
Christy Palmer Christy Palmer ... Mrs. Joan Brian
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Storyline

Dishwasher 'Bill Jackson' thwarts a robbery; resulting publicity fingers him as the 12-years-missing Richard Kinkaid, wanted for murder. Kinkaid half-convinces public defender Paul Bennett of his innocence; but Paul knows he'll never convince a jury without the 7 witnesses who've had 12 years to vanish. It develops that these prosperous young folks have gone down in the world. Paul and his father, a one-armed ex-cop, have a week to find them... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Secrets bared in search for killer!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Witnesses See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem in the letter written to the public defender by Rolene is taken from the poem known as "Tichborne's Elegy." Chidiock Tichborne took part in the 1586 Babington plot to murder Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. Tichborne wrote the poem to his wife when he was in the Tower of London awaiting execution. The lines in the letter are taken from the second stanza of Tichborne's 3-stanza poem. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scene where Paul Bennett is cross examining Pat Sheldon, he has his hands placed on top of the witness stand. In the next shot, his arms are now folded on top of the witness stand. See more »

Quotes

Kerry McGuire: He's right. I've drunk better alcohol out of compasses.
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Referenced in Major Crimes: Poster Boy (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO
(uncredited)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (1939)
Sung and hummed by Lynne Roberts
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TV Fare
8 November 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

This RKO release is typical of the routine second-feature fare that TV would soon replace. It's a pretty pedestrian account of an innocent man (Anderson) being cleared of a murder charge by his Public Defender. There's quite a number of suspects, at the same time, the script muddles them in confusing fashion that takes away the guessing game. Young more or less walks through the undemanding role of attorney-defender, while the usually villainous Anderson gets a rare shot at a sympathetic role. Anderson is a familiar face from that era, especially from the popular Dragnet series. He's one of those unheralded actors with a strong presence that could spice up the dullest screenplay. Catch the early bar scene where he shows his trademark moody snarl, otherwise he's pretty much wasted. There's one scene, the "moment of truth" in the courtroom, where director Archainbaud rises above the script with a dollying shot of the unhinged Rolene (Balenda). It's a sudden, chilling camera move, and Balenda does well with the histrionics. Otherwise, this is the sort law and order melodrama that would soon be done on, say, Mr. District Attorney (1954).


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