(The film, one of the first successful American "independe...)
The film, one of the first successful American "independent films" earned them an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film told the story of a seven-year-old boy, played by Richie Andrusco, who runs away from home and spends the day at Coney Island. Andrusco never appeared in another film, and the other performers were mainly nonprofessionals.
(Ann, a widowed model (March), has a date with her old fri...)
Ann, a widowed model (March), has a date with her old friend Larry (O'Loughlin), who is an engineer just returned from working in South America. Ann has a seven-year-old daughter, Peggy (Dunn), who has mixed feelings about her mother's relationship. The three visit the Museum of Modern Art and Central Park, and Larry buys Peggy a toy boat to win her friendship, while at the same time wooing her mother. Larry and Ann visit other places in New York with and without Peggy, and it soon becomes apparent that they have fallen in love. Peggy begins to like Larry but grows petulant, and repeatedly tries to disrupt her mother's romance.
(Viveca Lindfors stars as Bea, a Swedish-born woman who ye...)
Viveca Lindfors stars as Bea, a Swedish-born woman who yearns to begin a family with her photographer boyfriend Al. The unexpected appearance of Al's aging mother, evicted from a boarding house, only intensifies his familial confusion, and Bea must decide whether to wait for Al or seek happiness elsewhere.
After joining the Photo League in 1936, Morris Engel had his first exhibition in 1939, at the New School for Social Research. He worked briefly as a photographer for the Leftist newspaper PM before joining the United States Navy as a combat photographer from 1941 to 1946 in World War II. He served in the U.S. Navy under Edward Steichen, who was then director of naval combat photography. After the war, Morris Engel returned to New York where he again was an active Photo League member, teaching workshop classes and serving as co-chair of a project group focusing on postwar labor issues.
In 1953, Morris Engel, along with his girlfriend, fellow photographer Ruth Orkin, and his former colleague at PM, Raymond Abrashkin, made Little Fugitive for $30,000, shooting the film on location with hand-held 35mm camera. The film, one of the first successful American "independent films" earned them an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story and a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
In the 1960s, Morris Engel directed a variety of television commercials. He made a fourth film in the late 1960s called I Need a Ride to California (83 minutes), which followed a group of hippies in Greenwich Village, but it was never released.
In the 1980s, Morris Engel began taking panoramic photographs and in the 1990s, he returned to filmmaking, this time working on video. He completed two works: A Little Bit Pregnant in 1994 and Camillia in 1998.
Morris Engel died of cancer in 2005.
Morris Engel and Orkin remained married until Orkin's death in 1985.