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Fugitive, The (RKO 1947, Henry Fonda, Delores Del Rio)

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Henry Fonda gives one of his greatest performances as a Catholic priest who finds himself pursued by the military when his Latin American country outlaws religion. His faith and loyalty compel him to remain with the peasants he ministers to even as the new government forces him to become a fugitive. Ford considered it one of his best works, and the critics of the time compared it favorably to The Informer, but it undeservedly receives far less notice today.

In 1961, Graham Greene’s novel The Power and the Glory, upon which The Fugitive is based, was remade for television under its original title and starred Laurence Olivier in the Henry Fonda role.

production details
USA | RKO | 104 minutes | 1947

Director: John Ford
Producers: Merian C. Cooper, John Ford
Original Story: Graham Greene
Cinematography: Gabriel Figueroa
Editor: Jack Murray
Music: Richard Hageman
Script: Dudley Nichols
Production Design: Alfred Ybarra

cast
Henry Fonda as A Fugitive
Dolores del Río as An Indian Woman
Pedro Armendáriz as A Lieutenant of Police
J. Carrol Naish as A Police Informer
Ward Bond as James Calvert, aka ‘El Gringo’
Rodolfo Acosta as Policeman
John Qualen as A Refugee Doctor
Leo Carrillo as Chief of Police
Fortunio Bonanova as The Governor’s Cousin
Robert Armstrong as Police sergeant