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The Fugitive (1947)

Approved | | Drama, History | 27 March 1948 (Mexico)
Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.

Directors:

John Ford, Emilio Fernández (uncredited)

Writers:

Dudley Nichols (screenplay), Graham Greene (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Fonda ... A Fugitive
Dolores del Rio ... An Indian Woman (as Dolores Del Rio)
Pedro Armendáriz ... A Lieutenant of Police (as Pedro Armendariz)
J. Carrol Naish ... A Police Informer
Leo Carrillo ... A Chief of Police
Ward Bond ... El Gringo
Robert Armstrong ... A Sergeant of Police
John Qualen ... A Refugee Doctor
Fortunio Bonanova ... The Governor's Cousin
Chris-Pin Martin ... An Organ-Grinder (as Cris-Pin Martin)
Miguel Inclán ... A Hostage (as Miguel Inclan)
Fernando Fernández ... A Singer (as Fernando Fernandez)
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Storyline

Based of the Graham Greene novel about a revolutionary priest in Central America. A priest who is The Fugitive is trying to getaway from the authorities who have denounced Christianity and want anyone linked to it dead. The Fugitive finds shelter with an Indian Woman (The Woman), a faithful parishioner, who gives the priest directions to Puerto Grande, where he could then board a ship and sail to freedom in America. On his journey to Puerto Grande, he meets up with a man who says he will protect him. In reality, he is the Police Informer and once The Fugitive realizes this, he is back on the run, but the Police Informer is never far behind along with the authorities. Written by Kelly

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Peril-Laden adventure ... of a man's desperate plight !

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Labyrinthine Ways See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Armstrong (A Sergeant of Police) and the producer Merian C. Cooper died only one day apart: Armstrong on April 20, 1973 and Cooper on April 21, 1973. See more »

Quotes

A Fugitive: I have a question, Lieutenant. When did you lose your faith?
A Lieutenant of Police: When I found a better one.
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Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
("The Dying Cowboy") (uncredited)
American folk ballad based on an older sea song (1932)
Variation heard as theme for the Gringo (Ward Bond)
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Sensitive and brooding Ford film shot in Mexico with glamorous cinematography
10 June 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This excellent and dramatic movie , a co-production US-Mexico , is based on Graham Greene novel and written by Dudley Nichols . It starts when a priest (Henry Fonda) attempting to flee from a Centroamerican country , because Christianity being pursued by a totalitarian govern . He encounters help by an Indian woman (Dolores Del Rio) with a baby . She gives him direction to port where he could embark towards freedom . Meanwhile , he finds a mean countryman (J Carrol Naish) craving reward and is pursued by an authoritarian officer (Pedro Armendariz). Furthermore , his existence runs parallel a bank robber , The Gringo (War Bond) also relentlessly pursued .

Magnificent movie featuring awesome performances by complete casting . The film develops some John Ford's usual themes , as the sentimental nostalgia , sense of camaraderie , religion , and abound touching scenes . Henry Fonda in a larger-than-life role as a good priest is top-notch , Pedro Armendariz as a nasty general is perfect and War Bond as outlaw wanted by totalitarian police is cool . Fonda (Grapes of wrath , Drums along the Mohawk , Young Mr. Lincoln) and Pedro Armendariz (3 Godfathers , Fort Apache) played several films for John Ford . Besides , there appears Ford's habitual friends , someone uncredited , such as Jack Pennick , Rodolfo Acosta , John Qualen , Fortunio Bonanova , J Carrol Naish, Mel Ferrer's first film and the opening narration is by Ward Bond , who also plays an important role in the film . Luxurious cinematography in lights and darks by Gabriel Figueroa (usual of director Emilio Fernandez , here also producer) . Enjoyable musical score by Richard Hageman , adding Mexican songs with emotive dance included in charge of Dolores Del Rio . The picture shot in Mexico , was produced by Ford's Argosy Production Company , RKO pictures and Merian C. Cooper . Rating : Better than average , well worth seeing for John Ford enthusiasts .


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