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Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 February 1951 (Japan)
Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director:

Norman Foster

Writers:

Alan Campbell (screenplay), Norman Foster (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sheridan ... Eleanor Johnson
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dan Legget
Robert Keith ... Police Inspector Ferris
John Qualen ... Maibus
Frank Jenks ... Detective Shaw
Ross Elliott ... Frank Johnson
Jane Liddell Jane Liddell ... Department Store Messenger Girl
Joan Shawlee ... Blonde in Bar (as Joan Fulton)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Sea Captain at Beach
Steven Geray ... Dr. Arnold Hohler
Victor Sen Yung ... Sam
Reiko Sato ... Suzie (as Rako Sato)
Syd Saylor ... Sullivan - Bartender
Tom Dillon Tom Dillon ... Joe Gordon (as Thomas P. Dillon)
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Storyline

Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), sole witness to a gangland murder, goes into hiding and is trailed by Police Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith), on the theory that Frank is trying to escape from possible retaliation. Frank's wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), suspects he is actually running away from their unsuccessful marriage. Aided by a newspaperman, Danny Leggett (Dennis O'Keefe), Eleanor sets out to locate her husband. The killer is also looking for him, and keeps close tabs on Eleanor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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As Startling as Your OWN Scream in the Night!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1951 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Einer weiß zuviel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After Elanor and Dan discover Frank's coat in a shot, they go down to the waterfront and pause in front of a large ship, the S.S. President Cleveland. Originally intended as a troop transport, she was laid down in 1944, but was canceled later in that year. Finally completed in 1947 as a passenger liner, she served the trans-Pacific routes with American President Lines. The ship can also be seen in Susan Slade (1961). See more »

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Inspector Martin Ferris: Don't you eat anything but dog food?
Eleanor Johnson: He's not particular, and I'm lazy, so we eat out.
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Feminine Film Noir with Snappy Dialog
16 September 2001 | by wrbtuSee all my reviews

There's LOTS of snappy dialog in this film, all of it involving Ann Sheriden, & much of it involving Dennis O'Keefe as Danny Leggett or Robert Keith as Inspector Ferris. There are very few Film Noirs with a female lead, & this is one of them. Sheriden does a terrific job as the wife of a man on the run from the police & the mob. Is Ann faithful or faithless? Where's her husband? Does she care? These are some of the questions raised in the film. Lots of shadows, much of it filmed at night, but there are some sunny scenes. Look for #2 Son as one of the Chinese dancers. The dialog was so tart that it reminded me of `The Big Sleep,' & that's saying a lot. One big difference between that film & this, is that this film is a lot more easy to comprehend. I actually knew who they were talking about when they referred to `Susie' or `Ferris,' maybe because the number of characters in this movie were few, & their roles were very well defined. Exciting, suspenseful, good sense of humor, very well acted & directed. Too bad it's hard to find on video & it's never shown on TV. I rate it 9/10.


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