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Escape to Paradise (1960)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 17 March 1960 (Philippines)
In the Philippines during World War II, a girl is rescued from bandits by a guerrilla fighter.


Eddie Romero


Cesar Amigo (story), Cesar Amigo | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Leopoldo Salcedo Leopoldo Salcedo ... Ramon DeCortes
Diane Jergens ... Kathy Hughes
Johnny Monteiro Johnny Monteiro ... Bruno
Joe Dennis Joe Dennis ... Colonel Landis
Jennings Sturgeon Jennings Sturgeon ... Mr. Hughes
Joe Sison Joe Sison ... Pepe
Bruce Baxter Bruce Baxter ... Jimmy
Renato Robles Renato Robles ... 2nd Guerrilla
Rosie Acosta Rosie Acosta ... Pepe's wife
Arsenio Alonzo Arsenio Alonzo ... 3rd Guerrilla
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In the Philippines during World War II, a girl is rescued from bandits by a guerrilla fighter.

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200 Men and one girl trapped in a ring of steel!


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Released in the US by American International Pictures as Lost Battalion, on a double feature with Guns of the Black Witch in 1962. See more »


One of the soldiers is wearing 1950s style tennis shoes. This style was not in use in the 1940s WW II era. See more »

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Odd AIP billfiller
10 December 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Lost Battalion can't decide what it is: it starts out with stock footage accompanied by documentary style narration, turns into a war drama, and ends up as a love story with tragic consequences. Shot in The Phillipines by the prolific Eddie Romero, the film benefits from location footage but is let down in the story department, as the Japanese invaders are little more than a footnote to the Diane Jergens/Leopoldo Salcedo romantic storyline. Sadly the film cannot bring itself to allow an 'interracial' relationship to flourish, as only one of the loving couple survive the film (I'll let the reader try to guess which one it is). Technically the film looks okay--once the stock footage padding is out of the way (the filmmakers even represent Japanese soldiers with film of American marines in action!). Cinematographer Felipe Sacdalan, a Romero regular and FAMAS winner, manages a few artful and elegant shots amidst the jungle, and top acting credits go to Johnny Monteiro as the rebellious Bruno, a colourful character who seems to have strayed into this film after leaving the set of Treasure of Sierra Madre. Nothing special overall, but a strange little film with minor interest nonetheless.

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