The Hunted (1948)

84 mins | Drama | 7 April 1948

Director:

Jack Bernhard

Cinematographers:

Harry Neumann, L. W. O'Connell

Production Company:

Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a 12 Jul 1945 LAEx news item, King Bros. Productions, Inc. purchased Steve Fisher's original screen story, "Hunted," and intended to produce it on a budget of $400,000 with Joel McCrea as the star. An Apr 1947 Var news item indicated that Allied Artists had purchased the property from the King brothers for $75,000. Although copyright registration documents credit Paul Guilfoyle with the role of "Hollis Smith," Larry Blake is credited with the role in numerous other sources. Actor J. Farrell MacDonald appears in an early HR production chart cast list but his appearance in the released film has not been ... More Less

According to a 12 Jul 1945 LAEx news item, King Bros. Productions, Inc. purchased Steve Fisher's original screen story, "Hunted," and intended to produce it on a budget of $400,000 with Joel McCrea as the star. An Apr 1947 Var news item indicated that Allied Artists had purchased the property from the King brothers for $75,000. Although copyright registration documents credit Paul Guilfoyle with the role of "Hollis Smith," Larry Blake is credited with the role in numerous other sources. Actor J. Farrell MacDonald appears in an early HR production chart cast list but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Feb 1948.
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Daily Variety
2 Feb 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Feb 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 47
p. 20.
Los Angeles Examiner
12 Jul 1945.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
31 Jan 48
p. 4039.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Feb 48
p. 4050.
Variety
2 Apr 1947.
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Variety
4 Feb 48
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Scott R. Dunlap Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
Rec eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 April 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 13 April 1948
Production Date:
began early April 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1312
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in feet):
7,523
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12471
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Los Angeles police lieutenant Johnny Saxon visits parole officer Miss Turner to learn more about the recently paroled Laura Mead, a former ice skater with whom he was in love but was obligated to arrest four years earlier on robbery charges. Laura is also the reason why Simon Rand, the lawyer who defended her, shows up at Turner's office. Both men are interested in Laura's whereabouts because she threatened to kill them, and Johnny reminds Rand that Laura was unhappy with his work on her case and believed that he had betrayed her. Johnny returns home to find Laura there, anxious to stay, but when he mentions the robbery, she angrily maintains her innocence. Late that night, Johnny and Laura discuss their romantic past, but the conversation returns to Laura's crime when he accuses her of having used him as a front for her scheme to steal the Winston diamonds. Laura, however, claims that she was framed by an informant who placed the stolen diamonds in her apartment and testified against her. Although Laura insists she does not know jewel thief Hollis Smith, the man who Johnny insists was her accomplice, Johnny believes that she is waiting for him to be released from prison so that she can collect her share of the heist. Johnny later finds Laura a room in a boardinghouse and takes her to see Paul Harrison, a skating rink owner, hoping that she will resume her promising career as an ice skater. Harrison arranges to have Laura teach skating during the day, and perform on the ice at night. Joe, the bartender at Johnny's favorite bar, believes that Laura may have been unjustly accused of ... +


Los Angeles police lieutenant Johnny Saxon visits parole officer Miss Turner to learn more about the recently paroled Laura Mead, a former ice skater with whom he was in love but was obligated to arrest four years earlier on robbery charges. Laura is also the reason why Simon Rand, the lawyer who defended her, shows up at Turner's office. Both men are interested in Laura's whereabouts because she threatened to kill them, and Johnny reminds Rand that Laura was unhappy with his work on her case and believed that he had betrayed her. Johnny returns home to find Laura there, anxious to stay, but when he mentions the robbery, she angrily maintains her innocence. Late that night, Johnny and Laura discuss their romantic past, but the conversation returns to Laura's crime when he accuses her of having used him as a front for her scheme to steal the Winston diamonds. Laura, however, claims that she was framed by an informant who placed the stolen diamonds in her apartment and testified against her. Although Laura insists she does not know jewel thief Hollis Smith, the man who Johnny insists was her accomplice, Johnny believes that she is waiting for him to be released from prison so that she can collect her share of the heist. Johnny later finds Laura a room in a boardinghouse and takes her to see Paul Harrison, a skating rink owner, hoping that she will resume her promising career as an ice skater. Harrison arranges to have Laura teach skating during the day, and perform on the ice at night. Joe, the bartender at Johnny's favorite bar, believes that Laura may have been unjustly accused of the crime and suggests that Johnny reconsider the facts. Johnny and Laura soon rekindle their romance and dream of living together in Paris. One evening, Johnny learns that Simon has been murdered, and evidence is found to suggest that Laura may have made good on her promise to kill him. Laura denies that she killed Simon, and when Johnny tries to arrest her, she knocks him unconscious and flees. A manhunt ensues, but Laura manages to elude capture and makes it to Arizona, where she gets a job as a waitress in a diner. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, Hollis is arrested for the murder of an informant, and he confesses he murdered Simon and framed Laura for it. Johnny eventually traces Laura to the diner, but when he arrives, she fires her gun at him and flees. While recovering in the hospital, Johnny learns that Laura has been exonerated of both Simon's murder and the Winston jewel robbery. When Johnny returns to his apartment, he is glad to find Laura there waiting for him, and they embrace. +

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