Johnny on the Run

Johnny on the Run is a 1953 adventure film directed by Lewis Gilbert.[1][2]

Johnny on the Run
Directed byLewis Gilbert
Produced byLewis Gilbert
Written byPatricia Lathan
Based onan idea by George Sturt
StarringEugeniusz Chylek
Sydney Tafler
Music byAntony Hopkins
CinematographyGerald Gibbs
Edited byMonica Kimick
International Realist
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
June 1953 (UK)
Running time
68 mins.
CountryUnited Kingdom


In Edinburgh, young Polish migrant Janek/Johnny dreams of returning to Poland, and goes on the run only to become involved with a pair of jewel thieves.


Cleo Sylvestre (Cleopatra Sylvestre) as Susie

Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film three out of five stars, and wrote, "This well-paced film is particularly strong in its realistic depiction of children";[3] and Nothing But The Night wrote, "With its beautifully photographed images of Edinburgh’s Old Town and some utterly beguiling landscape shots of the main Highland settings which were filmed around Loch Earn, this is perhaps one of the CFF’s classiest looking titles, bolstered by fine art direction from Hammer’s Bernard Robinson and a lyrical orchestral score by Anthony Hopkins."[4]


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