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Girl on the Run (1953)

Police investigate a murder that occurred in a burlesque theater.


Arthur J. Beckhard (story & screenplay), Cedric Worth (story & screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Coogan ... Bill Martin
Rosemary Pettit Rosemary Pettit ... Janet
Frank Albertson ... Hank
Harry Bannister ... Clay Reeves
Edith King Edith King ... Lil
Charles Bolender Charles Bolender ... Blake (as Charles Bollender)
George Marsh George Marsh ... Managing Editor
Renee De Milo Renee De Milo ... Gigi
Joseph Sullivan Joseph Sullivan ... Marty
Mike O'Dowd Mike O'Dowd ... Bat
John Krollers John Krollers ... Red
Scott Hale Scott Hale ... Policeman
Valerie East Valerie East ... Carnival Girl
Roxanne Arlen ... Carnival Girl
Karen Valo Karen Valo ... Carnival Girl


Police investigate a murder that occurred in a burlesque theater.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


GIRLS and GUNS... A Doublecross Backfired! See more »


Crime | Mystery







Release Date:

15 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Honky Tonk Burlesque See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rose Tree See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A good example of this particular sub genre.
18 March 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Richard Coogan ('The Californians') stars as Bill Martin, an ace reporter who's framed for the murder of his editor. He takes it on the lam with his devoted girlfriend Janet (Rosemary Pettit, in one of only five credits for her), and they hide out in a traveling carnival. There, he finds work as a pugilist and she learns how to do some exotic dancing. All the while, they have to prove that criminal big shot Clay Reeves (Harry Bannister, "The Girl of the Golden West") is the one responsible for the killing.

"Girl on the Run" is zippy, engaging Carny-Noir, shot through with plenty of seedy carnival atmosphere, and featuring enough padding to give us a real assortment of the sights and sounds of this place. It comes complete with typically stark photography for the genre (done by Victor Lukens), and an amusing script by Cedric Worth and co-director Arthur J. Beckhard. Some of the dialogue is pretty entertaining, and quick pacing results in a tidy little movie that runs just a little over 65 minutes. There's enough footage of sexy dancing girls to entice viewers, as well as the sight of Coogan in the boxing ring.

The characters are at least reasonably interesting, with Bannister making for an effective heavy. Coogan is a likeable hero, Pettit an appealing heroine, and Edith King ('The Phil Silvers Show') provides solid support as the matronly Lil, but the show is often stolen by the diminutive Charles Bolender ("Dark Intruder") as carny boss Mr. Blake. Star stripper Gigi is played by Renee De Milo, whose dancing is so good it's likely this was really what she did for a living (this was her only acting credit).

However, as most people will tell you, the real curiosity value is in spotting a very young Steve McQueen, as an extra at the carnival. It was the future stars' big screen debut, and he's not too hard to spot (pay close attention to the opening several minutes).

Seven out of 10.

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