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Girl on the Run (1953)

Police investigate a murder that occurred in a burlesque theater.

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Arthur J. Beckhard (story & screenplay), Cedric Worth (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Coogan ... Bill Martin
Rosemary Pettit Rosemary Pettit ... Janet
Frank Albertson ... Hank
Harry Bannister ... Clay Reeves
Edith King Edith King ... Lil
Charles Bolender Charles Bolender ... Blake (as Charles Bollender)
George Marsh George Marsh ... Managing Editor
Renee De Milo Renee De Milo ... Gigi
Joseph Sullivan Joseph Sullivan ... Marty
Mike O'Dowd Mike O'Dowd ... Bat
John Krollers John Krollers ... Red
Scott Hale Scott Hale ... Policeman
Valerie East Valerie East ... Carnival Girl
Roxanne Arlen ... Carnival Girl
Karen Valo Karen Valo ... Carnival Girl
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Police investigate a murder that occurred in a burlesque theater.

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Murder Stalks The Carnival See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honky Tonk Burlesque See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Rose Tree See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Carney Noir
18 November 2015 | by mgtbltpSee all my reviews

A third string "C" Film Noir that actually may be the best of the Carney based Film Noir.

As much as I like Nightmare Alley (1947), this carnival film never leaves the midway much like Todd Browning's Freaks (1932). It's a great capture of the gritty atmosphere of a traveling carnival of tent and plywood, lit by strings of bare light bulbs. Victor Lukens cinematographer, creates a gritty claustrophobic carny setting, with convoluted passageways between tents, the midway, plywood arcades, cramped backstage warrens, along with trailers, and other equipment.

Most of the cast are playing carnies, Charles Bolender shines as the Carney Boss Blake, a cigar chomping little person who runs the show. Bolender deploys great ways of evening the keel whenever he has to deal with other people often ending up higher and looking down on them. Veteran actor Frank Albertson (Mantrap, Nightfall, Physco, Shed No Tears, They Mane Me A Killer, It's A Wonderful Life) plays the local cop Hank on carnival duty. Harry Banister a early TV vet plays the local corrupt politician Reeves.

Veteran TV Western Actor Richard Coogan (Vice Raid) is Bill Martin, a falsely accused of murder reporter who takes refuge at the carnival. Rosemary Pettit (Walk East On Beacon) plays Janet his girl who gives off a Gene Tierney vibe. She is forced to hide out with a chorus of carnival strippers, the de-facto "Girl On The Run" mothered by veteran early TV actress Edith King (Calcutta). Pettit is great as the good girl who has to be a quick study learning how to jiggle along with the rest of the strippers.

Rounding out the rest of the cast John Krollers and other un-credited actors play carnival barkers, you can see a bit of Phil Silvers, or Bud Abbott in the parts, for all I know I wouldn't be surprised if they were real carnival barkers.

A shout out to Renee de Milo (her only credit) where ever she may be, she plays the headliner stripper Gigi. She does a complete dance and is so good at it that I suspect that she was an actual carnival stripper. She does her act without removing her bikini type costume but she's got the moves down that you can easily imagine what she'd display. Check out Carnival Strippers - Early Years (1971-1978) by Susan Meiselas for a reference work.

The film also has an early Steve McQueen as an extra.

The score is carnival music inter-spaced with jazz for the dance routines. This low budget Noir delivers, I go as high as a 6.5-7/10. If it did have A list actors for the two lovers, and say Bud Abbott or Phil Silvers as the barkers it could have been an 8/10.


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