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A Fugitive from Justice (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 15 June 1940 (USA)
Fugitive Lee Leslie is wanted by three groups; the police, the gangsters who fear his testimony in court and the insurance company that carries a $1,000,000 policy on him and is anxious to ... See full summary »

Director:

Terry O. Morse (as Terry Morse)

Writers:

Leonard Neubauer (story "Million Dollar Fugitive"), Alex Gottlieb (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Pryor ... Dan Miller
Lucile Fairbanks ... Janet Leslie
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Ziggy
Sheila Bromley ... Ruby Patterson
Morgan Conway ... 'Julie' Alexander
Donald Douglas ... Lee Leslie
John Gallaudet ... Mark Rogers
Lottie Williams Lottie Williams ... Mrs. Henrietta Leslie
Joe Devlin ... Hinky-Dink
Steve Darrell ... Zorilla (as Stevan Darrell)
John Harmon ... Gorwin
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Murphy (as Robert E. O'Connor)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Corkery (as Thomas Jackson)
Eddy Chandler ... Gray (as Eddie Chandler)
Edward Keane ... Partridge (as Ed Keane)
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Fugitive Lee Leslie is wanted by three groups; the police, the gangsters who fear his testimony in court and the insurance company that carries a $1,000,000 policy on him and is anxious to protect its interests by seeing that Leslie stays alive. The company assigns Dan Miller to find Leslie. A night club singer, Ruby Patterson the beneficiary of his will, tips the gangsters as to his whereabouts. He escapes but the gang kidnaps his sister Janet and his mother. His plan to surrender to the police now depends on being able to rescue them first. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He Fled From The Law... Into The Hands Of Killers!

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

During the initial chase scene, the cars drive by a store called "Bromley's Bargain Headquarters." Perhaps coincidentally, one of the film's stars is Sheila Bromley. (There's also a "Sheridan Haberdashery," possibly a nod to Ann Sheridan, who was a rising star at Warners at the time.) See more »

Goofs

When Dan, after punching out a gangster , gets ready with Lee to enter the room where Julie has Janet and her mom captive, Lee turns off the hallway light. But on the next cut after the gangster regains consciousness and sneaks up behind them, the hallway light is now on. See more »

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Run-of-the-Mill
27 September 2001 | by lstallingsSee all my reviews

This run-of-the-mill programmer from the early 1940's is a prime example of the second movie on a double feature bill. It's an action movie without much action. Long on talk, and undeveloped characters, the film does have it's strong points. It's quick and to the point. The plot is set up quickly, and it moves in a straightforward manner to its conclusion. The dialogue is interesting and typical for the times. But, whoever told Roger Pryor he was leading man material? He doesn't have much charisma. Eddie Foy, Jr, the second banana in the movie, tries too hard. In spite of this uneven mixture of elements, the movie is not completely unsuccessful. It's worth a look, if there's nothing else on.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugitivo de la justicia See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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