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Face of a Fugitive (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Western | May 1959 (USA)
A robber in custody, becomes wanted for murder when his younger brother kills a deputy sheriff to help him escape.

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Janet Hawthorne
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Purdy
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Deputy Sheriff George Allison (as Francis deSales)
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Alice Bailey
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Danny Larsen
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Jake the Barber (as Paul Burns)
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A man who was falsly accused for murder escapes the sheriffs and starts a new life in a town at the border of the States to Mexico. But he cannot settle in peace as his chasers are trying to find him. Written by Volker Boehm

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DANGER SHADOWED EVERY STEP HE TOOK! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Justice Ends with a Gun  »

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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

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When Jim meets up with Ellen at her buggy after the dance, tire tracks from modern vehicles can be seen on the ground. See more »

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[the train carrying the Deputy Sheriff and his prisoner, Jim Larsen, pulls into the depot at Porter]
Deputy Sheriff George Allison: We'll be in Porter for a few minutes. Want some air, Jim?
Jim Larsen: Why don't you get off without me?
Deputy Sheriff George Allison: I'd be lonely.
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Sweet Betsy from Pike
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Written by John A. Stone
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Minor masterpiece
19 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Fred McMurray plays Jim Larson ,who when we see him first ,is on his way to prison handcuffed to a US Marshall -his crime being robbery.He escapes with unwanted and unnecessary aid from his brother and the lawman is killed .His brother is mortally wounded in the affray . Larson assumes the name of Ray Kincaid and travels to a nearby town where he poses as a mining engineer and seeks to escape only to be turned back as the town Sheriff (Lin McCarthy), is awaiting a poster of the man wanted for the death of the Marshall -Larson himself.Larson becomes involved in a dispute between the local Mr Big ,powerful rancher Williams (Alan Baxter)and the sheriff over land rights .Williams is determined to ride roughshod over the law and has might ,if not right on his side -several thuggish henchmen ,including the menacing Purdy (James Coburn ,in his second role in movies and stealing the scenes he is in with a performance of understated menace)

He also falls in love with the sheriff's sister (Dorothy Green)and the movie moves towards a climactic shootout .

This is a movie of rare economy and visual inventiveness.The credits open on a poster of Larsons' face and as they unfold bars appear across that face ,creating an image of incarceration.This is repeated in many scenes -bars in the shape of bedsteads ,fences and barred foregrounds etc .The focus is on redemption and the above average script is lean and powerful/The direction by Paul Wendkos is crisp and the acting throughout is admirable.Docked a point for an open -and in my view ,unsatisfactory ending


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