He Ran All the Way (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

He Ran All the Way (1951)




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This is the final film of talented actor John Garfield, who died at the age of 39 shortly after filming was finished. He plays a hardened thug who gets involved with plans for robbing a payroll truck. Unfortunately, he isn't very bright. During the caper, something goes awry and the would-be robbers panic. Gunplay ensues and only Garfield is able to escape with the cash. While on the lam, he is discovered by a kind-hearted, poor girl who takes him to her family's run-down apartment to recover until her parents, who have gone out, return. They become lovers and he is still there when the parents return. Once again he panics and threatens the family with his gun. He plans to leave in the morning and take the girl with him, but first he needs a car. The father later learns that the guard, wounded by the crook, has died. Knowing that he is dealing with a ruthless killer, the father begins plotting the robber's demise. After a long night for the family, the thief grabs the girl and prepares to leave, not realizing that the angry father lies in wait.


John Garfield
as Nick Robey
Wallace Ford
as Fred Dobbs
Shelley Winters
as Peggy Dobbs
Gladys George
as Mrs. Robey
Selena Royle
as Mrs. Dobbs
Norman Lloyd
as Al Molin
Robert Hyatt
as Tommy Dobbs
Keith Hetherington
as Captain of Detectives
Renny McEvoy
as Attendant
Dale Van Sickel
as Policeman
James Magill
as Workman
Davis Roberts
as Delivery Boy
Vici Raaf
as Marge
John Chapin Morgan
as Police Doctor
Ralph Brooks
as Detective Lieutenant
Robert Karnes
as Detective
Lucille Sewall
as Mrs. Marsden
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Critic Reviews for He Ran All the Way

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Berry turned a standard ticking-clock melodrama into an action-movie meditation on manhood.

December 8, 2014 | Full Review…

Less than a classic but more than a curio, John Garfield's last vehicle marks the disintegration of Hollywood's old left.

November 29, 2005

...a terminally erratic endeavor that often feels long at just 77 minutes.

June 18, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

He Ran All the Way is must see cinema for fans of Garfield or Winters, who would've made more of an intriguing pair with a heftier scenario.

October 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

By the time he finished directing this notable addition to the film noir cannon in 1951, John Berry had become the eleventh member of the Senator Joe McCarthy's "Hollywood Ten" blacklist.

April 2, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…

First movie that used the setup of a family trapped in their home by a killer on-the-run.

December 15, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for He Ran All the Way

Like the title the movie missteps, but this is a classic for several reasons: John Garfield's last movie. 1st film to use the family trapped by a criminal storyline and more. Best reason to see it though is James Wong Howe's brilliant noir cinematography.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

Intense drama of a man on the run who slowly crumbles while waiting to escape from the desperate situation he has created for himself. This tense noir was the end of the line for John Garfield who because of unjust hounding by HUAC and the dasterdly Joseph McCarthy died shortly after from a heart attack brought on by the stress. He is exceptional as always supported by three other strong perfomers, Wallace Ford, Shelley Winters and fellow blacklist victim Selena Royle.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


decent enough noir; the first of the 'home invasion' thrillers and the last of john garfield's career. alot of people were broken by the blacklist, few as tragically as garfield, a major star and great anti-hero who refused to name names and was banned for life, dying only one year later at age 39 and today mostly forgotten

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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