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Hunt the Man Down (1950)

The suspect in a 12-year-old murder case is finally caught and tried, but the witnesses are a bit hard to track down...

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George Archainbaud

Writer:

DeVallon Scott
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gig Young ... Paul Bennett
Lynne Roberts ... Sally Clark
Mary Anderson ... Alice McGuire / Peggy Linden
Willard Parker ... Burnell 'Brick' Appleby
Carla Balenda ... Rolene Wood
Gerald Mohr ... Walter Long
James Anderson ... Richard Kincaid / William H. Jackson
John Kellogg ... Kerry 'Lefty' McGuire
Harry Shannon ... Wallace Bennett
Cleo Moore ... Pat Sheldon
Christy Palmer Christy Palmer ... Mrs. Joan Brian
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Storyline

Dishwasher 'Bill Jackson' thwarts a robbery; resulting publicity fingers him as the 12-years-missing Richard Kinkaid, wanted for murder. Kinkaid half-convinces public defender Paul Bennett of his innocence; but Paul knows he'll never convince a jury without the 7 witnesses who've had 12 years to vanish. It develops that these prosperous young folks have gone down in the world. Paul and his father, a one-armed ex-cop, have a week to find them... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Secrets bared in search for killer!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seven Witnesses See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

In the closing scene where Paul Bennett is cross examining Pat Sheldon, he has his hands placed on top of the witness stand. In the next shot, his arms are now folded on top of the witness stand. See more »

Quotes

Kerry McGuire: He's right. I've drunk better alcohol out of compasses.
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Referenced in Major Crimes: Poster Boy (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

WISHING WILL MAKE IT SO
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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva (1939)
Sung and hummed by Lynne Roberts
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A rather average film noir, it has to be said
27 October 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Gig Young is a rather bland stand-in for Robert Mitchum in this murky film noir thriller about an attorney on a mission against the clock to track down witnesses to an old crime. The set up is actually a neat one, in which a seemingly innocent man is accused of being the suspect in a 12-year-old murder, leading a chief lawyer to track down witnesses to the crime to get their version of the events and to hopefully prove the man's innocence.

This set up turns out to be an excuse for the writer to shine a flashlight into some very murky areas of society, in which various promising characters have fallen by the wayside into the depths of alcoholism and mental illness. It sounds rather more interesting than it is, with pedestrian direction contributing to an overly familiar feel to the whole thing, and the lack of any stand out performances makes it a rather forgotten and forgettable piece too. It's not bad by any means, but it's not one of the classics.


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