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Man on the Run (1949)

An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Hopkins Joan Hopkins ... Jean Adams
Derek Farr ... Sgt. Peter Burden, alias Brown
Edward Chapman ... Chief Inspector Mitchell
Laurence Harvey ... Detective Sergeant Lawson
Howard Marion-Crawford ... 1st Paratrooper (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Alfie Bass ... Bert the Barge Mate
John Bailey ... Dan Underwood, burglar
John Stuart ... Det. Inspector Jim McBane
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Slim Elfey
Leslie Perrins ... Charlie
Kenneth More ... Corp. Newman the Blackmailer (as Kenneth Moore)
Martin Miller ... Tony - Cafe Proprietor (as Martyn Miller)
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Reg Hawkins
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... May Baker, Anchor Hotel
Anthony Nicholls ... Wapping Station Inspector


An Army deserter, still a fugitive in Post-War Britain, wanders into a pawn-shop robbery and finds himself wanted for murder. He meets a war widow who helps him elude the police while he looks for the real criminals. Written by Bill Davis <wmadavis@kih.net>

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Release Date:

29 August 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mann im Netz See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Kenneth More is credited as "Moore" in the opening credits, but as "More" in the end credits. See more »


Kenneth More is listed as Kenneth Moore in the opening credits but is listed correctly in the closing credits. See more »


Sgt. Peter Burden, alias Brown: Well, do you believe any of this, or am I just wasting my time?
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Barman wanted!
3 May 2013 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Derek Farr (Peter Burden) is an army deserter who is blackmailed by Kenneth More when More wanders into a pub on a coastal town and recognizes him serving drinks behind the bar. Farr goes on the run again and ends up owing rent to his landlord in London, who threatens him with eviction. Farr then goes into a pawnshop with a gun at the exact same time as an armed robbery is taking place. A policeman is killed and the assistant falsely thinks that Farr is one of the armed gang. Once again he's on the run, this time for his implication in the robbery and the killing of a policeman. He teams up with Joan Hopkins (Jean) and sets out to prove his innocence in this latter crime. Chief Inspector Edward Chapman and detective Laurence Harvey are the police trying to solve the case.

This is a quick moving film that unfortunately suffers from a poor quality print. However, the story involves the audience despite some of the sliminess of Laurence Harvey and how he speaks. Joan Hopkins also effects a ridiculous Englishness when she talks, eg, the word "actually" becomes "ectually" – that kind of over-pronunciation nonsense.

I tend to think that Derek Farr was a pretty lucky chap. Everyone seems to buy his story about being in the pawnshop as a victim. This is never made clear. From what we see, he pulls a gun out which is pointing at the assistant at the time that the burglars burst in. He was about to rob the place himself! Still, the film holds your interest till the conclusion, which has a fair British outcome.

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