This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of the Thursday Movie Picks Blogathon, run by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week's theme is "On the Run", and being a fan of old movies, I'm picking another set of older movies to blog about:
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932). Based on a true story, Paul Muni stars as a World War I veteran who, in the tough economic days after the war, gets arrested for stealing a small sum of money. Muni gets put on the chain gang which is of course brutal, and then escapes and heads north, where he makes a success of himself. Except that a vengeful wife (Glenda Farrell) turns him back in, and the other (unmentioned) state puts him back on the chain gang. The real criminal who wrote the book on which the movie was based had to sneak into Hollywood to help as a consultant.
It Happened One Night (1934). Claudette Colbert plays a spoiled heiress who wants to marry a man her father (Walter Connolly) doesn't approve of. So she jumps off their yacht off Miami and heads for New York to meet her fiancé. Clark Gable plays a reporter who wants to get this story, because it's the story of the year, and helps Colbert in her escape insofar as it will help the story he's writing. Of course, her naïveté and being spoiled make the who plan very difficult; making matters more complicated is that he falls in love with her along the way. One of the earliest screwball comedies, it's still one of the best.
Detour (1945). Tom Neal plays a nightclub pianist in New York who wants a better life. His girlfriend heads west for Los Angeles, and he'll join her when he gets the money. But he wants to see her, so he stars hitching his way west. He winds up taking a ride with a man who dies of a heart attack, and since nobody will believe the death wasn't a murder, he decides to take the man's identity. Of course, he's stupid enough to pick up a hitchhiker (Ann Savage) himself, and she turns out to be one of the fatalest of femmes fatales you'll ever run across in noir. Edgar Ulmer made this one on a budget of about $3.97, but the story is so entertaining that it overcomes all of the ultralow-budget problems.
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