6.1/10
57
3 user 4 critic

The Night Runner (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 2 April 1957 (USA)
A mental patient with a violent past is released from the institution, against the advice of his doctors, and sent back to his old neighborhood. Realizing that he can't handle the pressures... See full summary »

Director:

Abner Biberman

Writers:

Owen Cameron (story), Gene Levitt
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Nightfall (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Through a series of bizarre coincidences, an artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith
Loophole (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A bank teller attempts to clear his name and rebuild his career after he is wrongly accused of theft.

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: Barry Sullivan, Charles McGraw, Dorothy Malone
Hit and Run (1957)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mechanic wants his boss's younger wife for himself, and plans on using a junkyard car to run him over, then dismantling it.

Director: Hugo Haas
Stars: Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, Vince Edwards
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A detective is assigned to track down and capture a crazed serial rapist.

Director: Charles F. Haas
Stars: Steve Cochran, Mamie Van Doren, Ray Danton
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »

Director: James V. Kern
Stars: Robert Young, Betsy Drake, John Sutton
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When top lawyer James Blane gets an acquittal for a man who killed another man for sexually roughing up his trophy wife, the murderous town sheriff frames him for bribing a juror in the case.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Jeff Chandler, Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson
The Lineup (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel
The Burglar (1957)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Dan Duryea and his cronies rob a fake spiritualist and then take it on the lam to Atlantic City.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Virgil Renchler owns most of the town providing a thriving economy. When his men go too far and kill one of his migrant workmen, the sheriff goes after him even if it means his job and everyone else's.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller
Illegal Entry (1949)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A former pilot goes undercover to help break up a smuggling ring.

Director: Frederick De Cordova
Stars: Howard Duff, Märta Torén, George Brent
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Pursued by detectives, Johnny Walters leaves the city to visit his family in a small California town. Among the household: his dead brother's luscious widow Helen, who soon is attracted to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Colleen Miller, Charles Drake, Rod Taylor
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ex-GI Nick Blake gets involved in a scheme to fleece a rich, young widow, but finds himself falling for her, much to the displeasure of his racketeer cohorts.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ray Danton ... Roy Turner
Colleen Miller Colleen Miller ... Susan Mayes
Merry Anders ... Amy Hansen
Willis Bouchey ... Loren Mayes
Harry Jackson Harry Jackson ... Hank Hansen
Robert Anderson ... Ed Wallace
Jean Inness Jean Inness ... Miss Dodd
Eddy Waller ... Vernon
John Stephenson ... Dr. Crawford
Alexander Campbell ... Dr. Royce
Natalie Masters ... Miss Lowell
Richard H. Cutting ... Male interviewer (as Richard Cutting)
Steve Pendleton ... Captain Reynolds
Jack Lomas Jack Lomas ... Real Estate man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Barrows ... Bus driver
Edit

Storyline

A mental patient with a violent past is released from the institution, against the advice of his doctors, and sent back to his old neighborhood. Realizing that he can't handle the pressures of big-city life, and not wanting to commit the kinds of crimes that got him put away in the first place, he hops a bus heading out of the city and winds up in a small coastal town. Taking a room in a small motel, he falls for the daughter of the motel's owner, and everything seems to be going well for him, until the girl's father starts to get suspicious about his past. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

mental illness | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Are Mental Patients Turned Loose too Soon?


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bitmiyen çile See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Where's Marlowe? (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Oddly Memorable
2 February 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A patient released prematurely from a mental hospital tries to find a new life at a roadside stopover.

I can't imagine more than ten people saw this little oddity in a theatre. I expect the movie's risky downer material got made because it was so cheap to produce. Reviewer bmacy's right —the budget is rock bottom, a few shots of the Malibu coastline, an office interior, and that's pretty much it, along with a minimal cast. So why has the movie stayed with me over the years, instead of being just another forgotten cheapo.

The film's not a minor gem—that would be too much of a stretch. Instead, I think Danton's performance manages a level that truly disturbs, especially with the tight script and noirish background. Catch the occasional little motion or grimace betraying Roy's (Danton) inner turmoil as he struggles with a society full of minor pressures. It's a carefully calibrated performance that shows how an emotive "more" can be expressed by a judicious "less". And since Roy is basically a likable guy, his plight becomes doubly affecting as he tries to blend into a normal life. That last lonely shot of him is, I think, one of the more disturbing to come out of the generally cheerful 1950's.

On a different note—I suspect Hitchcock, also at Universal at the time, caught this minor production since the project bears certain key similarities to Psycho (1960). Consider, for example, the roadside motel, the disturbed personality, the brutal murder, along with the symbolic use of birds, in this case sea gulls. Nothing really hangs on the comparison, except maybe the notion that a widely acclaimed classic managed to grow out of an obscure seedbed. Anyway, this little oddity has its own peculiar virtues, so catch up with it if you can.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed