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Escape by Night (1937)

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Runyonesque crooks on the lam hide out on blind man's pastoral farm and decide to go straight.



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Cast overview:
William Hall ...
Nicholas 'Nick' Allen
Anne Nagel ...
Linda Adams
James 'Capper' Regan
Steffi Duna ...
Josephine 'Jo' Elliott
Peter 'Spudsy' Baker
Murray Alper ...
Horace 'Red' Graham
Charles Waldron ...
Pop Adams
George Meeker ...
Fred Peters
Wallis Clark ...
District Attorney Baldwin
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Sheriff Charlie Thornton
Mike Grayson (as Anthony Ward)
Bill ...
Bill - the Dog


A group of criminals on the run hide out in an abandoned farmhouse. They find themselves being "looked after" by a friendly dog, and soon afterwards they meet up with a blind man and his young daughter, and they begin to rethink the direction their life has been taking them. Written by

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A blast of drama when a city mob hides out in the country!


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Release Date:

1 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fools in Paradise  »

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| (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Toward the end Jagger's Capper character got attacked by 'Bill' the dog and Nick. During the short scuffle, Jagger's hat got jarred a bit and knocked off. The first jarring showed something under the fedora. He fell back and hit the dirt, then the hat came off revealing a full head wig flopped forward hair side downward showing the bald pate. should have been cut. very obvious. No comic mention either prior or after about the rug. See more »


Nicholas Allen: I never did like to see a girl manhandled. Turn her loose!
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On The Lam
15 June 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Escape By Night is a B film from a B picture studio Republic which may have lost something in the editing. I'd hate to think that something this bad could have been made deliberately.

Young William Hall being brought up as he was in small town Pennsylvania has been taught to go to a lady in distress which he does on his first day in the big city when gangster's moll Steffi Duna is being accosted. For his efforts Hall gets what they call in movies 'a flesh wound' and gets treated by the local mob doctor. Later on he takes it on the lam with the mob, why is still beyond me because he certainly hasn't done anything wrong.

In the getaway however mob leader Dean Jagger with a full head of hair kills a cop and he splits from the rest of the gang. So Hall, Duna, and henchmen Murray Alper and Ward Bond go into the country on their own.

A flat tire has them winding up at a farm owned by blind Charles Waldron and his daughter Anne Nagel and of course their German Shepherd guide dog, a relative no doubt of Rin Tin Tin. Nagel gives Hall reason enough to hang around. But Duna, Alper, and Bond actually take to country life and the relative peace and quiet and semi-seclusion from the law.

Of course it all catches up with them as it always does in these films. The cast does their best, but with a weak script and some impossible plot situations Escape By Night is not the best thing that ever came from Republic.

Maybe after this one, Herbert J. Yates decided to concentrate on westerns.

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