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directed by Jack Bernhard
USA 1948


[...]on the solid ground of The Hunted, Belita's not bad (with a tough, long forties face) and no longer needed the gimmickry. She's just finished a four-year stretch in Tehachapi for her part in a jewel robbery (she may have been framed). When her bus pulls into town one night, waiting for her, unseen, is Preston Foster, the cop who once loved her but sent her up anyway. He's convinced that Belita will come gunning for either him or the prosecuting attorney (Pierre Watkin). But when she has no place to go, he lets her bunk at his apartment, and lands her a gig skating during intermissions at hockey games. He slowly relents, thinking she's on the straight-and-narrow. Then Watkin is found murdered, and all the evidence points her way. When Foster turns against her once more, she lams it to Arizona to sling hash in a diner....

Excerpt of review from Bill McVicar for located HERE


Theatrical Release: 7 April 1948 (USA)


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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:23:33

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.77 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 2014
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Chapters 23





Belita was perhaps better actress than Sonja Henie who also came to Hollywood from the ice skating world, but unfortunately was not as well known. Perhaps it's because, unlike Sonja who joined one of the big studios 20th Century Fox, Belita came to a poverty row studio Monogram. Also, after 2 musical pictures, Silver Skates (1943) and Lady, Let's Dance! (1944), she moved on to more dramatic roles in such film noirs as Suspense, The Gangster and this little thriller from 1948 that would be her last film at Monogram/Allied Artists. Also, don't miss her very small dance role in Gene Kelly's Invitation to the Dance as the femme fatale featuring a Veronica Lake peek-a-boo hairstyle.

The Hunted was restored in 2011 in 35mm by Film Noir Foundation, UCLA and Warner Bros. and that restoration is a basis for this release from Warner Archives. The single-layered made-on-demand disc looks splendid, with great contrast and very little damage. The mono audio likewise gets no complains. There are no extras and the 83-minute film gets generous 23 chapters. This is a fascinating little picture from one of my favorite noir studios and a Warner Archive release we can highly recommend.

  - Gregory Meshman


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