7.0/10
668
28 user 5 critic

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:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A group of disparate travelers are caught are thrown together in a posh Alpine hotel when the borders are closed at the start of WWII.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Edward Arnold
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A lad with a penchant for trouble is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Indiana. Though he's not happy about the arrangement at first, his love of horses and his affection for a young ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Walter Brennan, Jeanne Crain, Charlotte Greenwood
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A wealthy woman, trying to discourage a former boyfriend from pursuing her, hires a young songwriter who needs money to pay off his gambling debts to pretend to be her boyfriend. The ... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Norma Shearer, Robert Taylor, George Sanders
The Bargain (1914)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After the bandit Jim Stokes robs the stage he is wounded fleeing. Recuperating at a ranch, he falls in love with and marries the daughter. Now wishing to go straight he tries to return the ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Barker
Stars: William S. Hart, J. Frank Burke, Clara Williams
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Myeong-ja, a flower vendor in Seoul, and her young brother Yong-pil, are orphans who have been taken in by some very bad people. Yong-pil finds refuge in a private orphanage and Myeong-ja takes her chances with a flower customer.

Director: In-kyu Ch'oe
Stars: Il-hae Kim, Ye-bong Mun, Eun-sun Hong
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Nurse Anne Lee blames herself for a fatal mistake of her sister Lucy, who also is a nurse. Anne loses her job, and gets a new one at a poorly equipped country hospital. There she falls in ... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Carole Lombard, Anne Shirley, Brian Aherne
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two titled aristocrats support themselves by being professional house guests in the homes of star-struck American nouveau riche.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Norma Shearer, Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick
A Free Soul (1931)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard, Lionel Barrymore
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Elizabeth Barrett's tyrannical father has forbidden any of his family to marry. Nevertheless, Elizabeth falls in love with the poet Robert Browning.

Director: Sidney Franklin
Stars: Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Charles Laughton
Red Dust (1932)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The owner of a rubber plantation becomes involved with the new wife of one of his employees.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond
Blackout (1940)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Early in World War II, Danish sea captain Andersen, delayed in a British port, tangles with German spies.

Director: Michael Powell
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Hay Petrie
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Mark Preysing
...
General Kurt von Kolb
...
Emmy Ritter (as Nazimova)
...
Fritz Keller
...
Dr. Arthur Henning
...
Dr. Ditten
...
Commissioner
...
Ursula
...
Mrs. Henning
...
Nurse
Lisa Golm ...
Anna
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

Thrilling Book : Magnificent Picture

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When the Door Opened  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Author Grace Zaring Stone used a pen name when her book was published to protect relatives living in Europe from Nazi retribution. Similarly, no composer credit was given in the film for the same reason, and some of the actors used fictitious names. See more »

Quotes

Mark Preysing: I'm sorry, I, eh, I'm so worried about her, I guess I'm a little goofy, that's all.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Miracle of Sound (1940) 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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Suspense-laden melodrama
22 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a Norma Shearer fan, I looked for this movie for years and finally found it on TCM (hail the great god, Ted Turner!). First of all, I was surprised to find a movie made so early in the years of WW2 that actually brought up the topic of concentration camps, and the reason why Robert Taylor's mother is to be executed (she helped Jewish refugees leave for America -- "Jew" is never mentioned, but it is obvious). The performances are top-notch, and it was nice to see Nazimova toning down her usual grande dame-isness. I've never been a Robert Taylor fan, but this movie has one of his best performances as he alternately bucks authority in the good old American way and puts up with the Nazi-Gestapo badgering. Norma Shearer is fine, even though her role is small, and her scenes with Conrad Veidt (playing her Nazi suitor) are very effective. You can see her democratic side gradually gaining strength against Veidt's facism as she sees more and more of Taylor and his own dilemma makes her question her present beliefs. It's a must-see.


29 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?