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You Can't Run Away From It (1956)
Starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

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You Can't Run Away From It is a musical remake of Frank Capra's Oscar-winning classic It Happened One Night, complete with same-named characters and word-for-word scene reconstructions. It all begins when spoiled heiress Ellie Andrews (June Allyson) is literally kidnapped from the altar by her wealthy father (Charles Bickford). Escaping from her daddy's yacht with only a handful of clothes and minimal finances, Ellie hops a bus, intending to travel cross-country to be reunited with her fortune-hunting husband. Reporter Peter Warne (Jack Lemmon), sensing a swell newspaper story, tags along. Though Peter and Ellie aren't terribly fond of one another (that's putting it mildly!), by the end of their journey they've fallen in love -- but there are still several last-minute complications before a happy ending can be reached. Most of the musical numbers in the remake are inserted during the more famous scenes from the Capra original: the "Walls of Jericho," the impromptu singalong on the bus, the hitchhiking bit, etc. Benefiting from the breezy performances of Jack Lemmon and June Allyson, You Can't Run Away From It is easy to take.
Director: Dick Powell
Writers: Samuel Hopkins Adams, Claude Binyon, Robert Riskin

Stars: June Allyson, Jack Lemmon, Charles Bickford, Paul Gilbert, Jim Backus, Stubby kaye, Henny Youngman, Allyn Joslyn, Jacques Scott, The Four Aces, Byron Foulger, Louise Beavers, Jack Albertson
Songs include:

You Can't Run Away From It
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by The Four Aces

Howdy Friends and Neighbors
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by June Allyson, Jack Lemmon, Stubby Kaye and Chorus

Thumbin' A Ride
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

Scarecrow Ballet
Music by Gene de Paul

One of several musicals made by Columbia Pictures in the mid-1950s that were based on earlier, non-musical studio properties. While this one spawned from It Happened One Night (1934), Let's Do It Again (1952) was a musicalization of The Awful Truth (1937), and Three For the Show (1955) was based on Too Many Husbands (1941). Another musical remake was more inadvertent: Columbia had planned to make the film version of the 1953 Broadway hit "Wonderful Town," which had been based on the Columbia property My Sister Eileen (1942), but the asking price for the rights was so steep that the studio ultimately decided to go ahead with its own version, keeping the original title, which they already owned, and commissioning a new score.
Because she married an international playboy, Ellie Andrews (June Allyson) is kidnapped by her own father, Texas cattleman A. A. Andrews (Charles Bickford). She escapes, managing to evade his nationwide search for her with the help of Peter Warne (Jack Lemmon), a jobless reporter, who sees himself getting the biggest story of the year - until he and Ellie fall in love. When Ellie suspects Peter has sold her out, she returns home. Realizing his daughter really loves the newspaperman, Andrews tries to persuade Ellie to run away again, this time from her own wedding ceremony. Who will Ellie choose, her husband or the man who has stolen her heart?
Van Johnson and Constance Towers were considered for the starring roles.  By November 1954, a Los Angeles Times news item announced that Robert Mitchum was to star with June Allyson.  Producer-director Dick Powell was married to Allyson. This was the only film in which Powell directed Allyson.
You Can't Run Away from It was based on Samuel Hopkins Adams' short story "Night Bus," which also served as the basis for the 1934 Columbia film It Happened One Night, which starred Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert and was directed by Frank Capra. The 1956 film took place on a Texas to California trip, rather than the Florida to New York setting of the 1934 film.
June makes the movie in the scene where they sleep in a field, as she sings & dances to a scarecrow, with moves that would have done Donald O'Connor proud. Such energy & wit, paired with her funny, froggy voice, are a delight. Who knew she had all this talent hidden away?
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