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Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 16 December 1953 (France)
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A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Brewster Richard Brewster ... Lennie
Winifred Cushing Winifred Cushing ... Mother
Jay Williams Jay Williams ... Pony Ride Man
Will Lee ... Photographer
Charlie Moss Charlie Moss ... Harry
Tommy DeCanio Tommy DeCanio ... Charley
Richie Andrusco ... Joey
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Storyline

Joey, a young boy, runs away to Coney Island after he is tricked into believing he has killed his older brother. Joey collects glass bottles and turns them into money, which he uses to ride the rides. Written by Anonymous

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A Gem of American Comedy See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coney Island Kid See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,040, 3 February 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,373, 10 January 2014
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1997. See more »

Goofs

As Joey rides the carousel, he almost falls off the horse trying to high five the ride operator. You can see somebody grab his foot until he's able to pull himself up. See more »

Quotes

Charley: Think we should call the cops Harry?
Harry: I guess so.
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Connections

Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: You Ought to Be in Pictures (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

L'estudiantina
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Emil Waldteufel
Played during the merry-go-round sequence
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A Day in the Life of Joey Norton
19 August 1999 | by chip98See all my reviews

"The Little Fugitive" is less a movie than it is an immaculately pristine and wistful time-capsule of the '50's. A self-exiled 7-year-old wanders an amusement park in a now long-lost world free--relatively speaking--of child-molesters and out-of-control tort lawyers. Filmed on location on Coney Island, using only its crowds and beach as it was in the Summer of 1953, and not a phony backdrop or clueless extra anywhere in sight. In high-quality black & white that misses nothing.


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