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Escape! (1930)

A convict escapes from a prison.

Director:

Basil Dean

Writers:

Basil Dean (scenario), John Galsworthy (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerald du Maurier ... Captain Matt Denant
Edna Best ... Shingled Lady
Gordon Harker ... Convict
Horace Hodges Horace Hodges ... Gentleman
Madeleine Carroll ... Dora
Mabel Poulton ... Girl of the Town
Lewis Casson Lewis Casson ... Farmer
Ian Hunter ... Detective
Austin Trevor ... Parson
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Grace
Felix Aylmer ... Governor
Ben Field Ben Field ... Captain
Fred Groves Fred Groves ... Shopkeeper
Nigel Bruce ... Constable
S.J. Warmington ... Warder
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A convict escapes from a prison.

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Convicted of a crime you would be proud to commit...the torture of prison...then back to life...a HUNTED MAN...Against him the hand of every man ...with him the heart of every woman! (Print Ad- Evening Star, ((Otago, NZ)) 24 September 1931) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1930 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The first collaboration between Ealing Studios and RKO as Associated Radio Pictures. The title card reads "Stars of the British stage and screen photographed and recorded under American supervision and produced by Basil Dean in England in the first Asssociated Radio Picture." (Sound technician J. Garrick Eisenberg from Hollywood's Tiffany Studio was brought over to England to record the soundtrack.) See more »

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Remade as Escape (1948) See more »

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Mabel Poulton and Gerald du Maurier
28 January 2014 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Interesting Brit talkie starring Gerald du Maurier as a prison escapee. The film is also notable as the beginning of the end of Mabel Poulton's career. She gets second billing after 2 talkie bombs in 1929. But her billing is misleading as the billing is based on order of appearance. While she is perfectly fine as "Girl of the Town," it's obvious that her speaking voice undermines her silent-screen image, especially as Tessa in The Constant Nymph. She never had another leading role in a feature.

Poulton aside, what we get is the perfect Hitchcock theme sans Hitchcock. After an extended British hunt scene showing du Maurier as a sensitive soul (he feels sorry for the fox because he himself had escaped the Germans in the war), we see him accosted by Poulton in Hyde Park. Nothing happens but a cop (Ian Hunter) tries to arrest her for soliciting. Du Maurier intervenes and strikes the cop. He falls, hits his head on a wall and dies. Du Maurier is sentenced to 5 years. He escapes and the rest of the film follows his flight across the moors and the people he meets.

Du Maurier was a legendary actor of his time, knighted in 1922, and totally forgotten now. He made only 10 films and this was his talkie debut. So while the film marks a solid starring talkie debut for du Maurier, it also signals the complete collapse of Mabel Poulton's film career (she having been one of England's biggest silent stars).

Also in the cast are Edna Best, Madeleine Carroll, Nigel Bruce, Gordon Harker, Austin Trevor, Marie Ney, Jean Cadell, and Felix Aylmer.


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