Connect with us

Movies

The Running Man (1963, Lee Remick, Laurence Harvey)

Published

on


Carol Reed (Our Man in Havana, The Third Man, Mutiny on the Bounty) directs this entertaining crime drama adapted from Shelley Smith’s novel The Ballad of the Running Man by respected novelist and playwright John Mortimer.

Pilot Rex Black (Laurence Harvey), it appears, has been killed following a glider accident. At his memorial service his wife, Stella (Lee Remick), accepts the sympathies of her friends.

But Rex has faked his own death in order to claim the life insurance money from a company that refused an earlier claim on a technicality. Stella is doubtful about the plan but eventually goes ahead with it, agreeing to meet up with Rex again in Spain, some time after the memorial service. With the money secure, Stella joins Rex and learns that he has taken on a new identity as an Australian millionaire and, disturbingly for her, is planning yet another insurance swindle.

Their guilt and suspicion surfacing at every corner, Rex and Stella are convinced that tourist Stephen (Alan Bates) is an insurance investigator so Stella breaks into his room to find evidence. When Stephen catches her she has to pretend she is in love with him, although she doesn’t have to pretend too hard as her affections for her husband are rapidly diminishing.

The next day, now more suspicious than ever, Rex and Stella decide to flee to Gibraltar but are followed by Stephen. Desperate to escape, Rex drives Stephen’s car off the road and, as the Spanish police close in, steals a plane, leaving Stella at the customs barrier. Flying the plane out over the Mediterranean, Rex discovers that it is low on fuel…

As Variety said, Harvey had a ‘meaty role which he plays with confidence and evident relish,’ while the usually admirable Bates is ‘first class.’

production details
UK / Columbia / 103 minutes / 1963

Director: Carol Reed
Writers: John Mortimer, Shelley Smith,

cast
Lee Remick as Stella Black
Laurence Harvey as Rex Black
Alan Bates as Stephen
Eleanor Summerfield as Hilda Tanner
Harold Goldblatt as Tom Webster
Ramsay Ames as Madge Penderby
Fernando Rey as Police Official
Juanjo Menéndez as Roberto
Allan Cuthbertson as Jenkins
Felix Aylmer as Parson
Noel Purcell as Miles Bleeker

and this just in

‘live with kelly and ryan’ returns to academy awards® stage for ultimate ‘after oscar® show’ ‘live with kelly and ryan’ returns to academy awards® stage for ultimate ‘after oscar® show’
Episodes3 hours ago

‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ Returns to Academy Awards® Stage for Ultimate ‘After Oscar® Show’

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest are West Coast bound for Hollywood’s most glamorous night, followed by daytime’s biggest morning! The...

Episodes4 hours ago

Maternal Episode 3 (ITV Monday 30 January 2023

Maternal airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on ITV1. Helen is the lone female patient in her...

‘live with kelly and ryan’ returns to academy awards® stage for ultimate ‘after oscar® show’ ‘live with kelly and ryan’ returns to academy awards® stage for ultimate ‘after oscar® show’
News4 hours ago

BBC One Drama Series “Boiling Point” Now Filming, Stephen Graham Stars

The BBC have announced that filming has begun on the five part drama series “Boiling Point”, along with news of...

Beast From The East: The Big Freeze of 2018 Beast From The East: The Big Freeze of 2018
Episodes4 hours ago

Beast From The East: The Big Freeze of 2018 (Channel 5 Monday 30 January 2023)

Beast From The East: The Big Freeze of 2018 airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel...

George Clarke's Build a New Life in the Country George Clarke's Build a New Life in the Country
Episodes4 hours ago

George Clarke’s Build a New Life in the Country “Wales” (Channel 5 Monday 30 January 2023)

George Clarke’s Build a New Life in the Country airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel...

Home and Away Home and Away
Episodes4 hours ago

Home and Away Today (Channel 5 Monday 30 January 2023)

Home and Away airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel 5. Today Roo and Marilyn organise...

The Chase The Chase
Episodes4 hours ago

The Chase Tonight (ITV Monday 30 January 2023)

The Chase airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on ITV. Tonight Fabe from Omagh, Robyn from London,...

Dickinson's Real Deal Dickinson's Real Deal
Episodes4 hours ago

Dickinson’s Real Deal “Peterborough 1” (ITV Monday 30 January 2023)

Dickinson’s Real Deal airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on ITV. “Peterborough 1” Traveling to Peterborough, David...

EPISODES

Countdown Countdown
Episodes4 hours ago

Countdown “This Week” (Channel 4 Monday 30 January – Friday 3 February 2023)

Countdown airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January – Friday 3 February 2023 on Channel 4. “This Week” Contestants...

A Place In The Sun A Place In The Sun
Episodes4 hours ago

A Place In The Sun “Andalusia” (Channel 4 Monday 30 January 2023)

A Place In The Sun airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel 4. “Andalusia” Professional real...

Junior Bake Off Junior Bake Off
Episodes4 hours ago

Junior Bake Off Finals Week Day 1 (Channel 4 Monday 30 January 2023)

Junior Bake Off airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel 4. Finals Week Day 1 Breakfast...

Hollyoaks Hollyoaks
Episodes4 hours ago

Hollyoaks Tonight (Channel 4 Monday 30 January 2023)

Hollyoaks airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel 4. Tonight When Mercedes (Jennifer Metcalfe) is struggling...

George Clarke's Amazing Spaces George Clarke's Amazing Spaces
Episodes4 hours ago

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces “Season 11 Episode 4” (Channel 4 Monday 30 January 2023)

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel 4. “Season 11 Episode 4”...

Everyone Else Burns Everyone Else Burns
Episodes4 hours ago

Everyone Else Burns “Episode 3” (Channel 4 Monday 30 January 2023)

Everyone Else Burns airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on Channel 4. “Episode 3” Sitcom starring Simon...

Below Deck Below Deck
Episodes4 hours ago

Below Deck “Shoulda Joined the Navy” (E4 Monday 30 January 2023)

Below Deck airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on E4. “Shoulda Joined the Navy” Tensions rise as...

The Royals: A History Of Scandals The Royals: A History Of Scandals
Episodes4 hours ago

The Royals: A History Of Scandals “Wealth and Opulence” (More 4 Monday 30 January 2023)

The Royals: A History Of Scandals airs a new episode tonight Monday 30 January 2023 on More 4. “Wealth and...