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Escape (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 1 November 1940 (USA)
1938: A young man arrives in Hitler's Germany, frantically seeking information about his German mother, and finds she is pending execution at a concentration camp.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Arch Oboler (screen play), Marguerite Roberts (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Countess von Treck
Robert Taylor ... Mark Preysing
Conrad Veidt ... General Kurt von Kolb
Alla Nazimova ... Emmy Ritter (as Nazimova)
Felix Bressart ... Fritz Keller
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Arthur Henning
Philip Dorn ... Dr. Ditten
Edgar Barrier ... Commissioner
Bonita Granville ... Ursula
Elsa Bassermann ... Mrs. Henning
Blanche Yurka ... Nurse
Lisa Golm ... Anna
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Storyline

An American goes to Germany to find his mother and discovers her in a concentration camp. With the help of a German countess he engineers her escape. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Plot Keywords:

nazi | germany | actress | escape | skiing | See All (14) »

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Thrilling Book : Magnificent Picture

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Door Opened See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 20 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Monday 6 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Altoona PA 22 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel10), in Seattle 3 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 20 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Honolulu 22 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 4 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 1 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Baltimore 15 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Nashville 17 October 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Tucson 4 December 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), and in Cleveland 20 December 1957 on KYW (Channel 3); in Los Angeles its television premiere did not take place until a year later, 14 December 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco its earliest documented telecast stands at 10 November 1961 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Maria - a Student: The sight of those goose stepping robots, is enough to give any one a headache.
Countess von Treck: Maria, its silly to have a thought like that.
Maria - a Student: You mean, it's very silly to express it out loud!
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Featured in The Lady in Question Is Charles Busch (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestod
(1865) (uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on piano by Conrad Veidt
Played at a concert and as background
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A minor gem...handsomely produced and well acted melodrama of the Nazi menace...
30 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

In the Ethel Vance novel, the role of the Countess is even smaller than it is in the film. The story has been re-structured to fit MGM's Norma Shearer (still the Queen of the lot at the time) and Robert Taylor. Taylor, always an underrated actor, gives one of his most forceful, sensitive and earnest performances as an American trying to free his mother from a German prison camp and seeking the help of the Countess to achieve his goal. Suspense builds as the Nazi menace (Conrad Veidt) threatens to destroy any hope he has of enabling his mother to escape.

Handsomely produced, although much of the Alpine scenery has a studio-bound stage setting look, it gives us a glimpse of Norma Shearer's aristocratic beauty and Robert Taylor in his prime--which should be enough for some movie fans. Added to that is the suspenseful story and an excellent supporting cast--including Nazimova as the mother, Felix Bressart and Bonita Granville as a pro-Nazi sympathizer. It all moves rather smoothly under Mervyn LeRoy's direction, a glossy melodrama that unfortunately has never made its way to video. Well worth watching, so catch it if you can on one of the cable stations.


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