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Woman on the Run

USA 1950. Dir: Norman Foster. 77 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! More than one film noir expert has hailed this almost-forgotten, recently restored B-movie as a gem deserving of more attention and love. And love, and the complications of marriage, here gets surprisingly complex treatment, aided by a multi-layered central performance by the excellent Ann Sheridan. After her estranged husband Frank (Ross Elliott), a failed artist, witnesses a gangland murder and goes into hiding, tough-cookie Eleanor Johnson (Sheridan) reluctantly agrees to help an aggressive newspaper reporter (Dennis O’Keefe) track him down. The film, scenically shot on the streets of San Francisco, was directed and co-written (with Alan Campbell) by Orson Welles associate Norman Foster (credited director of Welles’s 1943 thriller Journey into Fear). “This film has some of the best dialogue in the noir cycle outside of Double Indemnity” (Robert Porfirio, Film Noir Encyclopedia).


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"A noir treasure that was nearly lost."

Chicago Tribune | full review