“Woman on the Run” is a film noir directed by Norman Foster and released in 1950. The film tells the story of a manhunt for a witness in a murder case, who goes on the run after she learns that she is the killer’s next target.
The film begins with a murder in San Francisco, where a man is gunned down in the street. The killer, who is a member of a notorious gang, is caught by the police, but the only witness to the crime, the victim’s estranged wife, Eleanor Johnson (played by Ann Sheridan), goes missing.
The police enlist the help of Eleanor’s husband, Frank (played by Ross Elliott), to help track her down. Frank, who has been living apart from his wife, hires a private detective, Dan Leggett (played by Dennis O’Keefe), to find her. But as Leggett begins to unravel the mystery, he realizes that there is more to the case than meets the eye.
As Leggett gets closer to the truth, he becomes the target of the killer, and he and Eleanor must work together to survive and clear her name.
“Woman on the Run” is a taut and suspenseful film noir that explores themes of betrayal, loyalty, and the search for truth. It features a standout performance by Ann Sheridan as the strong-willed and determined Eleanor, and Dennis O’Keefe as the tough and savvy detective, Dan Leggett. The film is notable for its stunning location shots of San Francisco and its use of real-life locations to create a gritty and realistic atmosphere. It is widely regarded as one of the most underrated films of the film noir genre.
Alan Campbell, Norman Foster, Sylvia Tate
Ann Sheridan, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith