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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.
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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


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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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

16 December 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coney Island Kid See more »


Box Office


$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,040, 3 February 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,373, 10 January 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film heavily influenced the French "New Wave" style cinema of the late 1950's and 1960's. See more »


Mother: I tell you what. Next Sunday, we're all going to get out into the air. I'm gonna take you to Coney Island.
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Remade as Little Fugitive (2006) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played as Joey first approaches the merry-go-round
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A blast from the past that my child and I both enjoyed!
16 September 2007 | by brunchieSee all my reviews

Because my 11 year old is pretty open-minded, I've taken her on adventure of watching b/w movies, just as my mom did for me. She actually enjoyed some of the old-time "horror" movies and loves the "Twilight Zone".

I also introduced her to what would be considered "art house" movies. She didn't really like "The Bicycle Thief" but I did, and this movie was recommended by Blockbuster. So I put it in my queue- and it was not a mistake. OK, so some of the acting is stilted and unprofessional and sometimes the movie feels longer than 75-80 minutes (depending on which version you view).

But, whether you're a big or little brother or sister, you can definitely relate. Even my child, who's my only child, can relate because she has younger cousins. I agree with many of the posters that the children act like children and act like how they would act in that situation. If you're blessed to get the DVD with the commentary, it evens add to your viewing pleasure.

What most gratified me was when my daughter, who has gone to almost every kiddy-themed entertainment center, said about several of the rides that they looked fun! This movie about Coney Island helped me visualize what my mother always talked about Riverdale, a Chicago area amusement park from the 40's and brought back memories of Funtown, Old Chicago, and Santa's Village, the local amusement parks of my day from the 70's.

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