Woman on the Run. 1950. USA. Directed by Norman Foster. 86 min.
Screenplay by Foster, Alan Campbell, based on a story by Sylvia Tate. With Ann Sheridan, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen. Known to cinephiles primarily for his association with Orson Welles (see Journey into Fear, screening on November 21), Norman Foster, in fact, enjoyed a long career as a director of low-budget thrillers with something extra. Long available only in substandard public-domain prints, this inventive noir combines vertiginous San Francisco location shooting with an emotionally complex story about an unhappily married woman (Ann Sheridan) whose feckless husband goes on the run after witnessing a mob killing. Restored from 35mm nitrate and acetate materials by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust) and the Film Noir Foundation.