Woman on the Run (1950)

77 mins | Mystery | October 1950

Director:

Norman Foster

Producer:

Howard Welsch

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Editor:

Otto Ludwig

Production Designer:

Boris Leven

Production Company:

Fidelity Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Many scenes in this film were shot on location in San Francisco, CA, but the opening scene, in which an informant is murdered, was filmed in downtown Los Angeles, CA, above the Hill Street Tunnel between First and Temple streets. The tunnel was removed in the mid-1950s.
       According to contemporary sources, in 1953, writers Manuel Seff and Paul Yawitz sued Fidelity Pictures, producer Howard Welsch and Universal-International for $75,000, charging breach of contract and unauthorized use of dramatic material. The authors claimed that their story "Pay the Piper" was the basis for Woman on the Run . The suit was settled privately. Modern sources add actor Sammee Tong to the ... More Less

Many scenes in this film were shot on location in San Francisco, CA, but the opening scene, in which an informant is murdered, was filmed in downtown Los Angeles, CA, above the Hill Street Tunnel between First and Temple streets. The tunnel was removed in the mid-1950s.
       According to contemporary sources, in 1953, writers Manuel Seff and Paul Yawitz sued Fidelity Pictures, producer Howard Welsch and Universal-International for $75,000, charging breach of contract and unauthorized use of dramatic material. The authors claimed that their story "Pay the Piper" was the basis for Woman on the Run . The suit was settled privately. Modern sources add actor Sammee Tong to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Oct 1950.
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Daily Variety
4 Oct 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
4 Oct 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 50
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 50
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 50
pp. 3-4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Oct 50
p. 510.
New York Times
30 Nov 50
p. 24.
Variety
4 Oct 50
p. 6.
Variety
10 Jun 1953.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Prod supv
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Sheridan's clothes by
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Man on the Run" by Sylvia Tate in American Magazine (Apr 1948).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1950
Production Date:
early May--mid June 1950 at Motion Pictures Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Fidelity Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 October 1950
Copyright Number:
LP435
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,944
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14689
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After San Francisco artist Frank Johnson witnesses the gangland murder of informant Joe Gordon while walking his dog, Inspector Ferris attempts to take him into protective custody. Afraid that he will be killed if he testifies against the murderer, Frank instead runs away. Ferris questions Eleanor, Frank's estranged wife, about her husband, but she offers little help. Ferris does convince Eleanor, however, that Frank would be safer in police custody than alone on the streets. Later that night, Eleanor sneaks out of her apartment and goes to a nightclub in Chinatown. She is followed there by tabloid reporter Dan Leggett, who offers to pay her $1,000 for exclusive rights to Frank's story. Upon returning home, Eleanor is told by Ferris that Frank has a serious heart condition, and without the necessary medication, could suffer a fatal heart attack. The next morning, Eleanor sees Dr. Hohler, who tells her that Frank's heart condition is complicated by hypertension, which Eleanor assumes has been caused by the stress of their troubled marriage. She then goes to the department store where Frank works as a window dresser, and learns how well liked he is by his co-workers. Afterward, Eleanor evades police surveillance with the help of Danny, who gives her a cryptic letter from her husband. In the letter, Frank asks Eleanor to meet him at the spot "where I first lost you," but she is unable to figure out the exact location. Eleanor and Danny then visit various locations where the married couple had argued, but are unsuccessful in finding Frank. Later, Eleanor and Danny go back to the Chinatown nightclub, where Suzie, a dancer, tells ... +


After San Francisco artist Frank Johnson witnesses the gangland murder of informant Joe Gordon while walking his dog, Inspector Ferris attempts to take him into protective custody. Afraid that he will be killed if he testifies against the murderer, Frank instead runs away. Ferris questions Eleanor, Frank's estranged wife, about her husband, but she offers little help. Ferris does convince Eleanor, however, that Frank would be safer in police custody than alone on the streets. Later that night, Eleanor sneaks out of her apartment and goes to a nightclub in Chinatown. She is followed there by tabloid reporter Dan Leggett, who offers to pay her $1,000 for exclusive rights to Frank's story. Upon returning home, Eleanor is told by Ferris that Frank has a serious heart condition, and without the necessary medication, could suffer a fatal heart attack. The next morning, Eleanor sees Dr. Hohler, who tells her that Frank's heart condition is complicated by hypertension, which Eleanor assumes has been caused by the stress of their troubled marriage. She then goes to the department store where Frank works as a window dresser, and learns how well liked he is by his co-workers. Afterward, Eleanor evades police surveillance with the help of Danny, who gives her a cryptic letter from her husband. In the letter, Frank asks Eleanor to meet him at the spot "where I first lost you," but she is unable to figure out the exact location. Eleanor and Danny then visit various locations where the married couple had argued, but are unsuccessful in finding Frank. Later, Eleanor and Danny go back to the Chinatown nightclub, where Suzie, a dancer, tells Danny that Frank gave her a picture of a man that looked very much like Danny. While Eleanor questions Sullivan, a bartender at a nearby saloon, about her husband, Danny goes back into the nightclub, kills Suzie and takes the picture. Later, while back at the department store, with Danny, Eleanor notices various mannequins made in her likeness and remembers a trip to Carmel, during which Frank first "lost her" when his mermaid sculpture of her was destroyed by an ocean wave. Soon thereafter, Eleanor and Danny are taken by Ferris to the morgue, and she falsely identifies another murder victim as Frank. The two then head to Carmel, where they see Frank making sand sculptures near an amusement park. Danny then asks Eleanor to send Frank to meet him alone under the roller coaster, where he plans to kill him. While evading the police, Eleanor suddenly realizes that Danny is the killer, but she is stuck on the roller coaster and is unable to warn her husband. Rather than shooting him, Danny tries to induce Frank into having a heart attack, but is shot and killed by Ferris. Eleanor and Frank are then reconciled, determined to give their marriage another try. +

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