Woman on the Run (1950 Colorized Film) | Crime Drama Film-Noir Classic Movie | Starring Ann Sheridan

Woman on the Run is a 1950 American crime drama film noir classic film directed by Norman Foster and starring Ann Sheridan and Dennis O’Keefe. The film was based on the April 1948 short story “Man on the Run” by Sylvia Tate and filmed on location in San Francisco.


Frank Johnson becomes an eyewitness to a murder. He’s pursued around San Francisco by his wife, the police, and the killer.

A murder witness runs from the murderer out to kill him; and, through the ordeal, a couple mend their marriage.The film title is actually misleading, as it is a man, not a woman, who is the one on the run.

The story takes place in San Francisco. Frank Johnson is an artist who is out walking his dog one night and happens to witness, from a slight distance, a gangland slaying when a car stops nearby. The passenger, Joe, threatens to extort the driver, Danny, seeking additional money for his favorable grand jury testimony.

As Frank watches, Danny fires a gun into Joe and keeps shooting even after Joe falls dead out the car door.

Noticing Frank, Danny takes shots at him. A neighbor calls police who arrive. Inspector Ferris learns that Frank, the sole witness, could definitely identify the killer in a lineup and detains Frank to be put into protective custody. But, although cooperative, looking at the bullet holes in the chest area of his shadow on a nearby wall — whether because of, or in spite of, having a heart condition, Frank soon panics and escapes on the run.

Ferris learns from Eleanor Johnson, Franks wife, that the marriage of several years has for a long time been on the rocks. It’s “just like him, always running,” she tells Ferris. “Running from what?” Ferris asks. “From everything,” she coldly replies.

As the story moves on, Eleanor’s feelings for Frank undergo a dramatic improvement.

Danny, masquerading as a reporter but actually the killer himself, worms his way into unsuspecting Eleanor’s life.

In a club that Frank frequents, Sam, a waiter, gives a note from Frank to Eleanor saying that he will send her a letter c/o his workplace explaining his whereabouts.

Danny learns that Frank also gave a dancer, Suzie, a sketch of him, so he steals the drawing and pushes Suzie out a window to her death.

At Frank’s workplace, the letter says that he is in “the place where he first lost her.”

At first confused as to where Frank meant, finally Eleanor realizes that the location is on the beach near an amusement park. Frank, having waited all day, has just left, but at the last moment returns to encounter his wife.

However, unfortunately he is in mortal danger, as Eleanor has inadvertently led Danny the killer right to Frank. Will he survive the attack which ensues?


Ann Sheridan as Eleanor Johnson
Dennis O’Keefe as Daniel Legget
Robert Keith as Inspector Martin Ferris
John Qualen as Maibus
Frank Jenks as Detective Shaw
Ross Elliott as Frank Johnson
Jane Liddell as Messenger Girl
Joan Shawlee as Tipsy Blonde in Bar (as Joan Fulton)
J. Farrell MacDonald as Sea Captain
Steven Geray as Dr. Hohler
Victor Sen Yung as Sam
Reiko Sato as Suzie (as Rako Sato)
Syd Saylor as Sullivan
Milton Kibbee as man yelling from apartment house
Tom Dillon as Joe Gordon (as Thomas P. Dillon)

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The film lies in the public domain.

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