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Man on the Run (1949)

An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hopkins Joan Hopkins ... Jean Adams
Derek Farr ... Sgt. Peter Burden, alias Brown
Edward Chapman ... Chief Inspector Mitchell
Laurence Harvey ... Detective Sergeant Lawson
Howard Marion-Crawford ... 1st Paratrooper (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Alfie Bass ... Bert the Barge Mate
John Bailey ... Dan Underwood, burglar
John Stuart ... Det. Inspector Jim McBane
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Slim Elfey
Leslie Perrins ... Charlie
Kenneth More ... Corp. Newman the Blackmailer (as Kenneth Moore)
Martin Miller ... Tony - Cafe Proprietor (as Martyn Miller)
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Reg Hawkins
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... May Baker, Anchor Hotel
Anthony Nicholls ... Wapping Station Inspector
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An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he looks for the real criminals. Written by Bill Davis <wmadavis@kih.net>

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mann im Netz See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Kenneth More is credited as "Moore" in the opening credits, but as "More" in the end credits. See more »

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Kenneth More is listed as Kenneth Moore in the opening credits but is listed correctly in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Detective Sergeant Lawson: She didn't look that type to me, sir.
Chief Inspector Mitchell: Lawson, I envy you. You've got a very beautiful mind.
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A Falsely-Accused-and-on-the-Run Movie.
13 November 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Derek Farr deserted from the British Army after four years of service and went underground. Now he is at the end of his rope, so he takes his service revolver to a pawn shop.... to pawn it. While he's standing there, two other men enter, knock out the owner and flee, killing a bobby as they go. Now Farr is really being pursued and he randomly stops Joan Hopkins... who agrees to help him.

There are definite noir elements in this movie, with discussion the estimated 20,000 deserters and some grimy cinematography by DP Wilkie Cooper, but that's about the limits of it. Otherwise, writer-director Lawrence Huntington has turned out a reasonably taut man-accused movie. Despite a decent story, the movie itself is curiously inert, with a lot of talk and not much movement.

Farr is clearly not wearing his hairpiece for this movie, an odd choice for a romantic lead type, but that, I suppose, it part of the noir aspect of it. Watch out for Laurence Harvey in his second screen appearance, playing a detective. He's only mildly creepy in this one.


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