“WOMAN ON THE RUN is a love story told in reverse. This couple have no use for each other at the start and then they fall back in love, even though he’s missing and they don’t reunite until the end.”

– Eddie Muller, President of the Film Noir Foundation

This 1950 film noir, the only American print of which was burned in a 2008 fire, has been rescued and restored to its original luster by the Film Noir Foundation in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive, with special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Grant Trust and the British Film Institute.

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“Shot largely among the gritty working class landscapes of mid-century San Francisco, WOMAN ON THE RUN spotlights Ann Sheridan as an acerbic wise-cracking wife in search of her estranged husband who suddenly disappears after witnessing a gangland assassination. After suffering through a series of disappointing roles at Warner Bros., Sheridan bought out her remaining contract and turned to the upstart independent Fidelity Pictures in an attempt to re-establish her career as a leading lady. The resultant film was WOMAN ON THE RUN

Ann Sheridan & Dennis O’Keefe in  WOMAN ON THE RUN

Ann Sheridan & Dennis O’Keefe in WOMAN ON THE RUN

Director Norman Foster, a former protégé of Orson Welles [also had directed a series of the Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto murder-mystery genre films of the 1930’s and 1940’s. He] had just returned to Hollywood after helming a successful strong of features in Mexico and captured the anxiety-driven mood of Alan Campbell’s screenplay with seemingly effortless dexterity. The Bay Area location filming – in addition to the opening sequence shot in Bunker Hill and the dramatic climax staged at the Santa Monica pier – was beautifully shot by esteemed cinematographer Hal Mohr and adds atmospheric realism to the production that studio-bound efforts of the era could not hope to match.”

– Steve K. Hill, UCLA Film & Television Archive

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Format: Blu-ray & DVD-NTSC Combo /
Region All & Region 0
(No Regional Code)


(US, 1950)

Director: Norman Foster
Featuring: Ann Sheridan & Dennis O’Keefe

• 79 minutes
• 35mm
• B&W
• Sound


 Bonus Material

• Audio Commentary Track - By author, historian, and “noirchaelogist” Eddie Muller.

• “Love is a Rollercoaster: Woman on the Run Revisited” – Produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation, this mini-doc offers a look into the making of the film, from script to noir classic.

• “A Wild Ride: Restoring Woman on the Run” – Produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation, this stranger-than-fiction document of the film’s restoration is a thriller in itself.

• "Woman on the Run Locations Then and Now" – City Sleuth (aka Brian Hollins) leads a virtual tour around San Francisco hunting down the many locations used during the production of Woman on the Run.

• “Noir City” – A short documentary directed by Joe Talbot about the annual Noir City Film Festival presented by by the Film Noir Foundation at San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre

• 24-Page Souvenir Booklet – Featuring rare photographs, poster art, original lobby cards, and an essay by Eddie Muller.


Total Running Time: 01:19:00 (Blu-ray/DVD)

Language: English.

Booklet Text: Eddie Muller (English)

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)

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