Woman on the Run

Woman on the Run

Director: Norman Foster

Cast: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith

     
 

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Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), a window-dresser and struggling artist, accidentally witnesses a mob-related rub-out of a witness (Thomas P. Dillon), while out walking his dog one night -- after being shot at for his trouble, he's approached by the police, who want to put him into protective custody. ButSee more details below

Overview

Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott), a window-dresser and struggling artist, accidentally witnesses a mob-related rub-out of a witness (Thomas P. Dillon), while out walking his dog one night -- after being shot at for his trouble, he's approached by the police, who want to put him into protective custody. But before they can do that, he runs out, and it's up to Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith) to find him before the killer does. He approaches Johnson's wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan), only to discover that not only were they the most distant -- nearly estranged -- couple he's ever encountered, but that she doesn't want to help find him, or care if he is found. Then she learns that he has a potentially serious heart condition that he never told her about, and that he has no medication -- she decides to try and find him to give him help, dodging the police with help from a pushy reporter named Leggett (Dennis O'Keefe), covering his job and all of his old haunts; and in the process, she discovers a man that she never really bothered to know or understand, one who not only wanted to love her but does love her, despite the way their marriage has gone, and discovers that there may still be a marriage worth saving. But to do that she's got to find him to head off not only a potentially fatal heart seizure but also save him from the killer who, unbeknownst to her, is just a step behind her and has already started covering her trail and murdering potential witnesses.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Norman Foster is best remembered for his directorial credit on a string of Mr. Moto movies in the late '30s; for Journey Into Fear (1942), a film prepared and designed by Orson Welles, on which Foster merely had to (and did) follow all of Welles' detailed instructions to bring off properly; and for a bunch of Disney-produced TV projects in the 1950s. But Woman on the Run (1950) is Foster's masterpiece, a stylish, sometimes funny, always ominous and often unsettling work that has as much to say about marriage and unhappiness as it offers thrills and suspense; and in the bargain, it offers Ann Sheridan in perhaps the best role of her career, as a hardened, disillusioned woman who discovers that at least half of the problems in her life lay within herself, and that she still loves the man she thought had ruined her life. It also us gives some of the best location shooting around San Francisco (albeit in black-and-white) that audiences were to get prior to Hitchcock's Vertigo and Don Siegel's Dirty Harry (not to mention Siegel's The Lineup). Foster and his cast perform a beautiful balancing act throughout, offering scenes laced with irony and biting humor (often at the expense of Sheridan's character) while never losing sight of the notion that we're following the trail of someone who is not only in danger from a killer, but who may also be a dying man, if he doesn't stop running. The moments of humor, sly, sardonic, and understated, relieve the tension at strategic points, which helps make the overall tone of suspense that much more effective and compelling. In all, it's some of the best work ever done by most of the people involved, and that rare thriller peopled by characters that one feels good about having learned to know better from the beginning to the end.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
UPC:
0089218462299
Original Release:
1950
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
32,526

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Sheridan Eleanor Johnson
Dennis O'Keefe Danny Leggett
Robert Keith Inspector Ferris
Ross Elliott Frank Johnson
Frank Jenks Detective Shaw
John Qualen Mailbus
Thomas P. Dillon Joe Gordon
Steven Geray Dr. Hohler
John Farrell MacDonald Sea Captain
Reiko Sato Suzie
Joan Shawlee Blonde
Victor Sen Yung Sammy

Technical Credits
Norman Foster Director,Screenwriter
Alan Campbell Screenwriter
Lewis R. Foster Screenwriter
Art Lange Score Composer
Boris Levin Art Director
Otto Ludwig Editor
Jacque Mapes Set Decoration/Design
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Emil Newman Score Composer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Welsch Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Chapter 1 [10:24]
3. Chapter 2 [12:17]
4. Chapter 3 [13:55]
5. Chapter 4 [12:25]
6. Chapter 5 [12:48]
7. Chapter 6 [13:14]

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