Then and now: St. Francis Hotel, Union Square.
on the Run is one of the absolute best San Francisco movies and one
of the least seen. Without giving away spoilers from the relatively obscure
1950 noir story, it's about a sensitive man with a heart condition, the
only witnesses to a mob murder, who goes into hiding. His estranged wife
is not sympathetic to the police, whose previous witness was the victim!
So you have the police, a murderer, and a woman, running all over San Francisco
in search of the missing man. A picture postcard and more, Woman on the
Run is deep in its authentically San Franciscan heart. Led around town
by a clue from her artist husband, Ann Sheridan learns who the man really
is and understands him through their life together as reflected in San
Francisco. Sheridan is steely yet warm - part Joan Crawford, part Lucy.
Directed by Norman Foster, with Ross Elliot as Frank Johnson and Dennis
O'Keefe as newsman Leggett. The Johnson's apartment is a hybrid location
named "136 Alta Linda Apt. 4D" in
the script. From there Sheridan's adventure takes her to these stops and
Loh's Oriental Roof Garden
TV View Image. Mister SF Copyright 2003 Hank Donat