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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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As Startling as Your OWN Scream in the Night!


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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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duplicated from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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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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Unforgettable scenes plus San Francisco locations
7 January 2004 | by manuel-pestalozziSee all my reviews

Woman on the Run has some wonderful scenes. Ann Sheridan plays a disenchanted wife whose husband was a witness to a gangland killing (while walking his little dog). Realising that he is in great danger the man goes into hiding (without the dog). Right from the beginning the noirish drama is mixed with hilarious humor. The police officers who come to the Sheridan character's house after the incident are cheeky and mean to the extreme. The woman who for some reason is treated like a suspect even has to open all her kitchen cupboards (I won't tell you what's in it, it's very telling and absolutely funny). Many aspects of the script do not stand up to logic. But, well, it is "only a movie" and therefore it does not matter at all – quite on the contrary in fact.

Alfred Hitchcock must have run this one in his screening room more than once. The finale in a funfair has a strong resemblance with the one in his Strangers on a Train, released one year later. It has an astonishingly well done nightly rollercoaster scene. Furthermore there is some very good location shooting on the streets of San Francisco. I can highly recommend this well fotographed and directed movie with good performances, especially by Ann Sheridan.


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