You Can't Run Away from It

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You Can't Run Away from It
You Can't Run Away from It poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byDick Powell
Produced byDick Powell
Written bySamuel Hopkins-Adams (story)
Robert Riskin
(prev. screenplay)
Claude Binyon (screenplay)
StarringJune Allyson
Jack Lemmon
Music byJohnny Mercer, lyrics, and Gene de Paul, music (songs)
George Duning (scoring)
CinematographyCharles Lawton Jr.
Edited byAl Clark
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
October 31, 1956
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.45 million (US)[1]

You Can't Run Away from It is a 1956 Technicolor and CinemaScope musical comedy directed and produced by Dick Powell and starring June Allyson and Jack Lemmon. The film is a remake of the 1934 Academy Award-winning film It Happened One Night. The supporting cast features Charles Bickford, Jim Backus, Stubby Kaye, Jack Albertson and Howard McNear. It Happened One Night had also been remade as a musical comedy in 1945 as Eve Knew Her Apples.


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?



Decca Records issued selections from the soundtrack on one side of an Lp Record, with music from other film scores on the reverse.[2]

Selections include:

  • "You Can't Run Away from It"

Performed by The Four Aces

  • "Howdy Friends and Neighbours"

Performed by Stubby Kaye, June Allyson, and Jack Lemmon

  • "Thumbin' a Ride"

Performed by June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

  • "Temporarily"

Performed by June Allyson and Jack Lemmon

  • "Scarecrow Ballet"

Performed by Morris Stoloff conducting the Columbia Studio Orchestra

These selections were reissued on CD by Decca Broadway, paired with the Broadway cast album of Texas Li'l Darlin'.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top Grosses of 1957", Variety, 8 January 1958: 30, changing 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957
  2. ^ "You Can't Run Away From It > Film soundtrack". 2004-09-28. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  3. ^ "Texas, Lil Darlin' / You Can't Run Away from It: Robert Emmett Dolan, Johnny Mercer, Gene DePaul: Music". Retrieved 2012-03-16.

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