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Woman on the Run (1950)

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  • Actors: Ann Sheridan; Dennis O'Keefe; Robert Keith; Ross Elliot; Frank Jenks
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Writers: Norman Foster; Alan Campbell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JP64YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Frank Johnson is an eye witness to a murder. Turns out the victim shot was a witness in a court case against a gangster. With Johnson in hiding from the mob; his wife Eleanor suspects he is running away from there failing marriage.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare Film Noir With Ann Sheridan June 25, 2005
Ann Sheridan was one of the more talented and charismatic actresses from the late 30's through the early 50's. She was equally at home in serious dramas such as They Drive By Night and comedies such as George Washington Slept Here. Woman on the Run is one of her rare Film Noir appearances, and it's a good one.

She plays the wife of a man who has witnessed a murder, and is now himself a target. He runs away from the police, preferring instead to hide. What becomes apparant is that their marriage has been in trouble for some time, and neither of them seems all that concerned about the other. As the movie plays out they both come to realize that they each share in the blame for the status of their crumbling marriage, and they both come to want a second chance. Sheridan's performance is particularly believable as a woman who had resigned herself to either a bad marriage or an inevitable divorce. Her turn from an indifferent wife to a woman desperate to rekindle something that she knows she herself is half responsible for losing is particularly well played, and fairly well written in the script as well.

Dennis O'Keefe is solid in this film, as usual. An underappreciated actor in his time, he has become largely forgotten - but undeservedly so. He was a very good actor who found a home in film noir, and with yet another resurgence in the popularity of that genre he may yet be discovered by a new generation (and rediscovered by older ones).

Woman on the Run is not a great movie, but it is a good one that is well worth the time for any serious fan of film noir to watch. The direction by Norman Foster is actually quite good, and the script (as noted previously) is good as well.

The DVD, on the other hand, is only passable.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Alpha Trash December 22, 2005
At least Alpha Video appears to be consistent. I've purchased two of them, and both are unwatchable. This movie would probably be a B or B+ if you could make out what the characters are saying or not be bothered incessantly by skipped dialogue and a horribe DVD picture transfer.

Even the gorgeous Ann Sheridan doesn't look so hot in this movie. It may be that God-awful hair style. Or else it's just the D-- picture quality.

Next DVD you buy - check to be certain its not an Alpha which, I believe, is Greek for awful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
What a pleasure it is to come across an old suspense noir you've either forgotten about or never heard of and discover it's a solid and engrossing movie. Woman on the Run, starring Ann Sheridan and Dennis O'Keefe, is that movie. It's the story of a man out walking his dog one night in San Francisco who witnesses a mob-related killing...and realizes the killer saw him. The cops plan to take him into protective custody but he doesn't trust them to keep him alive. He has another idea. He disappears. And when the cops visit the man's wife, they discover a woman who seems not to care one way or the other. Her marriage has been on the skids for quite awhile. She won't hinder; she won't help. She just wants out. But as she learns more about her husband, she decides he at least needs a fair chance. So before long she starts looking for the guy. And so are the cops. And so is a newspaper reporter after a scoop. And so is the killer. But no one knows where he's hiding. She decides to team up with the reporter to beat the cops and the killer to her husband. When half way through the movie we realize what's going on, and she doesn't, the tension escalates briskly. It all comes together in a beach-front amusement park at night. It may be 1950 and there's no neon, but there's lots of lights, a giggling, life-size mechanical clown, cotton candy stands, a movie house playing The Big Lift, a boardwalk filled with laughing people, pitch black shadows under the piers and the roller-coaster from hell. Woman on the Run was an indie picture. No one would confuse it with an A movie from one the crumbling major studios, but it's way above a B programmer. I'd match the last 17 minutes in the amusement park against any film. Read more ›
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The title of "Woman on the Run" might give the impression that the woman in question is running away from something. Actually, it is her husband who is fleeing. She is running after him. The story takes place within a 24-hour period in San Francisco. While out walking his dog one evening, Frank Johnson (Ross Elliot) witnesses the murder of a grand jury witness who had been set to testify against a prominent gangster. Since Frank believes he can identify the killer, the police want to place him in protective custody. But Frank fears for his life and gives them the slip. So homicide Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith) solicits the cooperation of Frank's wife Eleanor (Ann Sheridan) in tracking him down. But Eleanor proves slippery too. She teams up with journalist Danny Legget (Dennis O'Keefe), who proposes to help her in exchange for an exclusive when they find Frank.

"Woman on the Run" revolves around the character of Eleanor Johnson, a smart-mouthed woman whose enchantment with Frank's artistic talent has turned to bitter exasperation with his lack of confidence after several years of marriage. Frank is a talented painter who works as a window dresser and stubbornly refuses to sell his work. When Eleanor learns that her husband's life may be in danger, she is torn between feelings of worry and contempt. Eleanor learns a lot about Frank that she never knew as she visits his doctor, his employer, and his acquaintances in an exhausting search that forces her to recall their early years together. The story is Eleanor's soul-searching. But Eleanor is tough-taking and quick-witted, not sentimental. Her repartee with Inspector Ferris and Danny Legget is smart and entertaining.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
i was not a sharp print
Published 7 days ago by ROBERT C. CARMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars Good noir
I like Ann Sheridan she did well in this film as the woman trying to save her husband and her marriage which she thought was over.
Published 17 days ago by Terry Imes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Family Loved it
We really enjoyed Ann Sheridan and her glib wit; the whole cast was excellent. Pleasantly surprised that San Francisco of that time was well captured.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas F. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice Look at San Francisco Locales in 1950
This is not a bad little film. It has a little Hitchcockian twist that some might argue is given away too soon but it adds to the tension and suspense. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Norm Knott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film Noir
This is an older Ann Sheridan, but as good and beautiful as ever. She really was a fantastic actress. This film is worth watching a few times.
Published 4 months ago by Perry Terrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film Noir
Actually, she's on the run to find her husband. That is not a spoiler, by the way. Not great, but it is a good film noir mystery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gerald Doempke
Published 6 months ago by jimi
3.0 out of 5 stars Splendid flick... BUT...
"Woman on the Run" is a neglected noir which should be placed in the mainstream of
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Published 9 months ago by Pamina
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars - Keep your friends close, and your enemy's wife closer
Disclaimer: The version of this film that I watched was included in the Midnight Mysteries Collection and, as such, I cannot comment on the audio or visual quality of this Synergy... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bryan Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent movie with superb casting from back in the day. In my opinion they just don't make them like this anymore.
Published 23 months ago by Roland S. Jefferson
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