Man on the Run

1949

Drama / Thriller

167
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 88

Synopsis


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Cast

Kenneth More as Smith
Laurence Harvey as Edmond
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760.92 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
80 min
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1.38 GB
1920×1080
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
80 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by waldog2006 7 / 10 / 10

Solid Brit noir

Although I saw this on a very poor DVD transfer it held my attention from beginning to end. Yes, as other reviewers have pointed out, there's nothing new here, but it's expertly done, and it's interesting to know that there were apparently 20,000 deserters on the run in the UK in 1949, and one imagines that many of them were as hard-done-by as our hero, but I won't spoil anything by revealing why he deserted. The film is certainly sympathetic to those 20,000 men who get the blame, by several representative members of the cast, for everything that's wrong with post-war Britain. Derek Farr is excellent in the main role as the deserter who has to raise some money when Kenneth More, who had served in the same outfit, happens into the pub where he's working under an alias and decides to blackmail him. While he's trying to pawn a gun the pawnshop is robbed and a policeman killed making him one of the suspects. Joan Hopkins is the sympathetic woman who helps him. Edward Chapman is the inspector investigating the case with ever-increasing impatience. Laurence Harvey, although billed fourth, has little to do as a sergeant with a soft spot for Hopkins. Plenty of noir atmosphere. Recommended.

Reviewed by XhcnoirX 9 / 10 / 10

Solid Britnoir with great sets

Army-deserter Derek Farr is living in a small town under a new name. When a former army-mate accidentally spots him and tries to blackmail him, he moves to London. There he tries to sell his army gun in a pawn shop, but at that same time the shop gets robbed, and a cop is shot as a result. He hides out in the home of widow Joan Hopkins, who believes his story, and tries to help him clear his name. But his description is in all the newspapers, and because a cop has died, police inspector Edward Chapman and his assistant Laurence Harvey are under extra pressure to find the men who did it. A classic 'innocent man on the run' story, where Farr initially cannot go to the police because he is an army-deserter, and then becomes a suspected cop killer. Farr ('Murder Without Crime') and Hopkins ('Double Confession') are great and have good chemistry together. It's a shame Hopkins appeared in only a handful of movies, she's talented with good screen presence. This was one of Laurence Harvey's ('The Good Die Young', 'The Manchurian Candidate') first movies, he doesn't have to do much here except tower head and shoulders above the much smaller Chapman ('It Always rains On Sunday'), who is good as the smart and determined police detective. While the acting and story are good, but nothing remarkable, this movie has a beautiful noir look. The sets, especially the interiors, are exceptionally well-made, made to look as decrepit and dingy as possible. The rooms, pubs and hallways have a ton of details and items stuffed all over the place, to also make them look small and claustrophobic. The camera work by Wilkie Cooper (Hitchcock's 'Stage Fright', 'Green For Danger') is also excellent, with very moody lighting and stark shadows where necessary. Director and screenplay writer Lawrence Huntington ('The Upturned Glass') keeps things moving at a fast pace and keeps things focused on Farr and Chapman, making this a tense and thrilling movie. Farr's motives for deserting the army could be seen as a form of social commentary, but after they're mentioned nothing's done with it, leaving a slightly bitter end to the 'redemptive' ending. All in all tho, this is a good and thrilling Britnoir that doesn't break any new grounds but delivers on its premise and looks great. 7+/10

Reviewed by clanciai 9 / 10 / 10

London after the war with the social problem of 20,ooo loose deserters, many of them criminal and on the run

What you will remember of this film is the local atmosphere from the post war London with its rather weary aspect both in people and their minds and the shaggy streets, ultimately leading you down to old Wapping with one of the most genuine pub atmospheres found in any film, but there is a long way to go before that. You will also remember the difficult case of 20,000 deserters after the war, many of them turning to criminality for having no other choice. That's the clinch in which our hero finds himself, when a burglary takes place the moment he is trying to pawn his old gun without bullets, the two robbers in desperation shooting both the clerk and, when on the run, a policeman fatally - the first casualty in the film. The clerk recovers and gives a description of our hero, whom he saw, while the two burglars were masked. So our hero finds himself wanted for murder. Could you get into any deeper sea of trouble? It's also memorable for the fine performance by Joan Hopkins, who plays a widow who believes in our hero's innocence, Kenneth More has a small part in the beginning, which turns out fatal for our hero on a constant run, and Laurence Harvey is a policeman - neither is sympathetic. Derek Farr plays our hero convincingly enough, a completely ordinary man with an inordinate amount of bad luck, having lost practically all his family in the war. It's a sad story but well made, and the beautiful music adds some extra romantic and melancholy charm to it. In spite of the poor technical quality, I must give it almost a full score for its interesting story of an eloquent script, fluent tempo and excellent cinematography.

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