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The Fugitive Details


was shot on location in Mexico by that country's premiere cinematographer, Gabriel Figueroa. Henry Fonda plays a Christ-like priest in an unnamed Latin-American country where religion has been outlawed. Though incognito in a backwater village, Fonda cannot help but seem more spiritual and mystical than those around him. Meanwhile, another fugitive, homicidal-bandit Ward Bond, stumbles into the village. Bond and the beautiful Dolores del Rio, whose illegitimate child has been secretly baptized by Fonda, conspire to help the priest escape. Once Fonda is on safe ground, he is implored by police spy J. Carroll Naish to return to the village, ostensibly because Bond is dying and wishes to have last rites. Fonda is captured and sentenced to death, but is willing to forgive the repentant Naish for betraying him. The priest dies a martyr, and the outpouring of public grief proves to the authorities that simply outlawing religion will never subjugate the hearts and minds of the people. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 3, 1947


Henry Fonda
as The Fugitive
Dolores Del Rio
as Mexican Woman
Pedro Armendáriz
as Police Lieutenant
J. Carrol Naish
as Police Informer
Leo Carrillo
as Chief of Police
Robert Armstrong
as Police Sergeant
Ward Bond
as El Gringo
John Qualen
as Doctor
Fortunio Bonanova
as Governor's Cousin
Chris-Pin Martin
as Organ Player
Miguel Inclan
as Hostage
Mel Ferrer


John Ford
John Ford
Merian C. Cooper
Graham Greene
Book Author
Dudley Nichols
Gabriel Figueroa
Richard Hageman
Composer (Music Score)
Richard Hageman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Emilio Fernández
Associate Producer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects