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Escape from Crime (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 July 1942 (USA)
Ex-con Red O'Hara becomes a daring news photographer, but his old ways get him into trouble.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay), Daniel Ahern (story "Picture Snatcher") (as Danny Ahearn)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Travis ... Red O'Hara
Julie Bishop ... Molly O'Hara
Jackie Gleason ... Screwball Evans (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Frank Wilcox ... Cornell
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... Slim Dugan
Wade Boteler ... Lieutenant Biff Malone
Charles C. Wilson ... Reardon (as Charles Wilson)
Paul Fix ... Dude Merrill
Ruth Ford ... Myrt
John Hamilton ... Rafferty
Ann Corcoran ... Belle Mason
Ben Taggart ... Warden Kirby
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Storyline

Red O'Hara, just released from prison after serving an unjust sentence on a frame engineered by Dude Merrill, leaves his wife Molly and tries unsuccessfully to land a news photographer's job. He finally gets a position after photographing a bank robbery, and tops this later by catching Dude in the midst of a crime and preventing the killing of a detective. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She Loved a Man With a Gun! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Huyendo de su pasado See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Harry Arras died of a heart attack on set while shooting a scene for this film. See more »

Goofs

Charles Sherlock is seen as the killer of the policeman during the bank robbery, and as Butch Medford is reported to be one of the three to be executed. After the executions, he is still seen as one of the gangsters in the gunfight at the end, then called Charlie. See more »

Connections

Remake of Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »

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Well Above-Average 1940s Crime Drama
20 November 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This is not a film noir. It has a dark side and many of the components of film noir. But it's a standard crime story, exceptionally well executed. (Oh, no pun intended, as it involves prisons!) Apart from Jackie Gleason in a relatively minor role, the only recognizable player is Julie Bishop. She's very appealing as the devoted wife of a man we see being paroled as the picture begins.

He doesn't have things easy. Old friends he'd prefer to have left behind keep turning up. A cop is keeping a partially benevolent but steady eye on him.

This stars and is generally populated with minor Warner brothers performers. There is no really big name, though handsome Richard Travis was possibly being groomed as one. Or observed to see if he could become one.

He didn't make it but the movie hangs together very well. It's short and tightly written, filmed, and edited.


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