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Johnny on the Run
Johnny on the Run

Johnny on the Run 1953


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Johnny on the Run 1953 U

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewis Gilbert

A superb early work by illustrious British director Lewis Gilbert (Alfie, You Only Live Twice) which follows orphaned Polish refugee Janek, who runs into trouble in the shape of two scheming thieves.

Starring popular character actor Sydney Tafler (Carve Her Name with Pride, The Spy who Loved Me) as a cunning spiv, and featuring an appearance from John Laurie (The 39 Steps, Dad's Army), Johnny on the Run is an action-packed adventure with a remarkable performance from its young lead.

Directed by

Lewis Gilbert


Edna Wynn

Michael Balfour

Sydney Tafler

Eugeniusz Chylek




Refugee Week Family


U Contains very mild threat




United Kingdom



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