The Night Runner is a 1957 American film noir drama film directed by Abner Biberman, produced by Albert J.Cohen, with a screenplay by Gene Levitt. "The Night Runner" stars Ray Danton and Colleen Miller. A released mental patient falls in love but can't control his violent urges.[1][2][3]

The Night Runner
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAbner Biberman
Produced byAlbert J. Cohen
Screenplay byGene Levitt
StarringRay Danton
Colleen Miller
Music byJoseph Gershenson
CinematographyReggie Lanning
Edited byAl Joseph
Universal International
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 2, 1957 (1957-04-02) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


Roy Turner (Danton), a mental patient with a violent past, is prematurely released from the ward due to overcrowding. The doctors tell him to avoid stressful situations. Realizing that he can't handle the pressures of big-city life he moves into a beachside motel in a small coastal town. There he falls in love with Susan Mayes (Miller), the daughter of the motel's owner. But when her father discovers that he is a mental patient he threatens Turner to have him recommitted unless he leaves his daughter alone. Turner snaps momentarily, killing him, and he and Susan flee down the beach. He tries to kill her by pushing her into the water, but comes to his senses and rescues her. He ends up turning himself in.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Night Runner at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Reid, John Howard (August 1, 2006). Great Cinema Detectives: Best Movies of Mystery, Suspense & Film Noir., pages 168-170. ISBN 9781847286857.
  3. ^ " Night Runner Review by Dennis Schwartz". Retrieved February 6, 2016.

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