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The Film Noir Collection - Woman On The Run [DVD] [1950]


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  • Actors: Ross Elliott, Robert Keith, Frank Jenks, Ann Sheridan, Dennis O Keefe
  • Directors: Norman Foster
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Glass Key DVD (Revelation Films Ltd)
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RQ0JV6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,173 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After witnessing a mob hit, Frank Johnson (Ross Elliott Gun Crazy) goes on the run, fearing for his life. Inspector Ferris (Robert Keith The Wild One) and Detective Shaw (Frank Jenks Sudden Danger) are suspicious when they interview his uncooperative and seemingly uncaring wife, Eleanor (Ann Sheridan The Glass Key). But when Eleanor is approached by tabloid reporter Danny Leggatt (Dennis O Keefe T-Men) offering to help find her husband, it appears Leggatt is not all he seems! The riveting twists and turns, together with the acerbic wit and charisma of the leading lady, keep this thriller bubbling along as we head for a dramatic final showdown. San Francisco is cleverly used almost as an extra character in this enjoyable, exciting and engaging film, set firmly in the Film Noir genre, with great performances from a strong cast.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jan Konstmann on 15 April 2009
Picture awful. Sound awful. Worst quality I ever have seen on a "legitimate" DVD-movie. Stay away!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2013
Woman on the Run is directed by Norman Foster who also co-adapts the screenplay with Alan Campbell from a story by Sylvia Tate. It stars Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith and Ross Elliott. Music is by Arthur Lange and Emil Newman and cinematography by Hal Mohr.

When Frank Johnson (Elliott) witnesses a man being shot and he himself is shot at by the killer, he decides to go on the run rather than trust police protective custody. The police turn to Frank's wife, Eleanor (Sheridan) to help track him down, but she thinks he has other reasons to runaway. Aided by newspaperman Danny Leggett (O'Keefe), who is after the exclusive story, Eleanor follows the trail left by her husband; but nothing is as it first seems...

Compact at under 80 minutes, Woman on the Run is something of a little seen film noir offering. Basically a man hunt in essence, picture boasts strong atmosphere around the San Francisco locations and a last 15 minutes of noir excellence. In the narrative is a failing relationship that gets expanded upon as the story moves forward, and of course there's a twist, which thankfully is a genuine surprise. It's also very well performed, especially by the excellent Sheridan. The problem is that for the first hour it is exposition heavy, while the musical score is often too chirpy, a hindrance to the visual atmospherics. However, once we reach the last quarter and the story unfolds at an amusement park (Pacific Ocean Park), the picture hits its stride. Here is where the shadowy photography takes on a sinister edge, the action seemingly in a drug induced state. It's a terrific finale that lifts the film from being ordinary into must see status for the film noir faithful. 7/10

DVD transfer is very poor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeppo on 6 Mar 2012
The transfer quality is appalling. Like many other reviewers have said this is really poor quality. I'm surprised that such a classsic film hasn't been restored properly, more to the point I'm sure they could have got a better copy to make the DVD from!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Bitterli on 14 April 2009
This transfer is not worth a penny. Save your money and stay away from those Film Noir Glass Key DVDs. What a disappointment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CoTiGiDa Min on 25 April 2009
No remastering nor modification has ever been done on this movie. It was like someone copied it from a very old VHS tape onto DVD. Picture was bad, sound was inaudible, and there was no subtitles!!!!! Shame on this DVD company. And I see that there are more titles coming -- I won't buy anything made by them anymore!!!!!
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