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Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 February 1951 (Japan)
Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Alan Campbell (screenplay), Norman Foster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Eleanor Johnson
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dan Legget
Robert Keith ... Police Inspector Ferris
John Qualen ... Maibus
Frank Jenks ... Detective Shaw
Ross Elliott ... Frank Johnson
Jane Liddell Jane Liddell ... Department Store Messenger Girl
Joan Shawlee ... Blonde in Bar (as Joan Fulton)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Sea Captain at Beach
Steven Geray ... Dr. Arnold Hohler
Victor Sen Yung ... Sam
Reiko Sato ... Suzie (as Rako Sato)
Syd Saylor ... Sullivan - Bartender
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Joe Gordon (as Thomas P. Dillon)
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Storyline

Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith), on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank's wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O'Keefe), Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1951 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer weiß zuviel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After Elanor and Dan discover Frank's coat in a shot, they go down to the waterfront and pause in front of a large ship, the S.S. President Cleveland. Originally intended as a troop transport, she was laid down in 1944, but was canceled later in that year. Finally completed in 1947 as a passenger liner, she served the trans-Pacific routes with American President Lines. The ship can also be seen in Susan Slade (1961). See more »

Quotes

Dr. Arthur Hohler: For the past year your husband has had hypertension that complicates matters.
Eleanor Johnson: Hypertension? What causes that?
Dr. Arthur Hohler: Well, I'm not sure. My guess is overwork, unhappiness, anxiety. But you know more about it than I do.
Eleanor Johnson: Why should I?
Dr. Arthur Hohler: But naturally, you must know about his troubles. I'm only his doctor,
Eleanor Johnson: Oh, yes, I'm that bitter, selfish, vicious wife. The cause of his unhappiness. The cause of his failure. Is that what he told you? Is that what he tells everyone?
Dr. Arthur Hohler: Frank didn't discuss his private life ...
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The Best Noir Film You've Never Seen
18 January 2003 | by PolitiComSee all my reviews

Shown for theatrically for the first time in 40 years at the 2003 San Francisco Noir Festival, this rediscovered gem has some of

the classic elements that make the genre so appealing; here an innocent bystander to a murder is on the run with a wife who is

desperately trying to find him before the cops or the killer can get to him.

A wisecracking Ann Sheridan careens around San Francisco with reporter Dennis OÕKeefe who may or may not be an ally.

One of the delights of this film is that the city is portrayed realistically with picturesque 1950 settings in North Beach,

Chinatown, Telegraph Hill and the long gone Playland at the Beach.

One interesting bit of trivia: Norman Foster later ditched the noir formula and became a successful director of Disney hits such as Zorro and Davy Crockett and eventually went on to direct episodes of the Batman and Green Hornet television series..


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