Man on the Run (1949)
Good film. Apparently, there were an estimated 20,000 deserters at the end of the war, all on the run and turning to crime to live - I didn't know that.
So, this one man (Derek Farr, who I've seen in a number of films and a good actor) has made a new life for himself working in pub in the middle of nowhere and everything is fine until by chance one of his old army "chums" (Kenneth More) wanders into the pub, recognises him and, he too being short of the readies, decides to blackmail Farr.
Farr legs it over night and the only thing he has to his name to sell and make some money is his old Army issue revolver, which he goes to pawn; BUT, as he goes to offer it to the pawnbroker, to masked men enter the shop, also with guns and beat the shopkeeper unconscious when he presses the alarm button. They leave the shop, leaving Farr now in an invidious position, so he legs it too just before the police arrive. To make matter worse, the two real robbers shoot and kill a police motorcyclist, so now a massive manhunt is on the way as the police of course don't look too kindly to someone killing one of their own.
On recovering, the pawnbroker says that three men held him up and of course Farr was the only one he could identify because he didn't have a mask on, being an innocent bystander so to speak, but as far as the police are concerned, he is one of the robbers.
Farr then nearly gets caught, but manages to barge his way into a woman's house who takes pity on him and between them they not only try and avoid the police but try and trace one of the robbers who had an Australian accent and two fingers missing on his left hand....................and so a thrilling double pursuit ensues.
Mr Grimsdale!! (Edward Chapman) is the police inspector in charge of the case/chase with Laurence Harvey (!) as his detective sergeant. Loads of bit parts for the likes of Alfie Bass, Eleanor Summerfield, Valentine Dyall, Charles Lloyd Pack (Trigger's dad) and there very briefly but unmistakable Arthur Mullard as one of the drinkers in the crowded pub, where the film concludes.
Yes, well worth a watch.