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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...

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George Archainbaud

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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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Soundtracks

WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO
(uncredited)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (1939)
Sung and hummed by Lynne Roberts
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very well done little movie
23 March 2005 | by modinesugginsSee all my reviews

It amazes me when people dismiss a movie because of its short length. I much more appreciate a compact, well written and directed movie than some drivel that drags on and on and makes me wonder what happened to the editor. I watched this movie with low expectations since i had never heard of the director and most of the actors. Despite the number of central characters, the director did an excellent job of quickly defining them and getting to the point of the movie. Any additional footage would have been superfluous and only bogged down the steady pace of the movie. James Anderson was excellent at avoiding the stereotypical unjustly accused victim, he neither ranted about his predicament nor did he come across as the overly likable guy who just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, which is what is normally expected of that type of roll. Though it's hard to imagine a public defender putting as much work into the case as this one did, i thought it was a great bit of writing to make his pivotal discovery an accident despite the pd's dogged pursuit of those involved 12 years earlier. I highly recommend this movie to those who appreciate tightly written and economically directed movies.


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