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Escape by Night (1937)

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

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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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


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1 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Fools in Paradise  »

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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 »

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Nicholas Allen: I never did like to see a girl manhandled. Turn her loose!
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pleasant low-budget drama with "good gangsters" redeemed by rural folks
24 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This uplifting crime-drama, from the early years of Republic Pictures before the studio became an assembly-line, stars usual second-banana and character actor William Hall (a leading man in the Robert Kellard vein) as a former coal-miner who has come to the big city and gets in the way of two rival gangs fighting over a girl, and then finds himself associated with one of the gangs unintentionally. That gang hides out in a rural area (the leader of the gang, Dean Jagger, is not with them...this is just the colorful, "loveable" members of the gang!), where they meet a rural family and a small-time businessman and a dog, all of whom transform the minor criminals and cause them to finally stand up to the gang boss. Ah, there's nothing like those criminals with a heart of gold one finds in Damon Runyon or in 1930's movies. If you can accept the Hallmark Channel premise of this b-programmer, it's actually quite entertaining and fast moving, and has some nice supporting acting from the likes of Ward Bond (as the "cook" of the gang). "Bill" the dog gets a lot of screen time, and he's a good performer in the Rin Tin Tin Jr. vein who fights for the honor of the reformed gang moll with the Hungarian accent, played by Steffi Duna, who seems a lot more comfortable in the "good girl" than in the "tough girl" role. No great analysis is needed of a film such as this. It's good rainy-day entertainment with a positive, uplifting message, but still a crime film. Short of a Touched By An Angel or Highway To Heaven episode, one doesn't see this combination very often nowadays. Worth searching out for b-movie fanatics--others can wait.


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