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Escape (1940)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  1 November 1940 (USA)
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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.

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Mark Preysing
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General Kurt von Kolb
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Emmy Ritter (as Nazimova)
Felix Bressart ...
Fritz Keller
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Dr. Arthur Henning
Philip Dorn ...
Dr. Ditten
Edgar Barrier ...
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Ursula
Elsa Bassermann ...
Mrs. Henning
Blanche Yurka ...
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Lisa Golm ...
Anna
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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>

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

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Drama

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1 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

When the Door Opened  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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In January 1940, Judith Anderson was tested for the role of Emmy Ritter. See more »

Quotes

Mark Preysing: She knows nothing about international politics, she has the mind of an artist, she sees people as general humanity, not as separate races.
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Liebestod
(1865) (uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on piano by Conrad Veidt
Played at a concert and as background
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Shearer and Taylor - An Unlikely Couple
24 October 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Escape" represents the few movies Hollywood was making before America entered the war in 1941. This movie was Hollywood's way to ease into the war. They made two endings: one for America and one for the international market (they were already fighting in a war). The international ending makes more sense. You can see the movie with both endings on Turner Classic Movies. It is not on video - too bad. The movie is over dramatic, but in an intriguing way, interesting to watch.

Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor are an unlikely romantic couple but it works. This is Ms. Shearer's second best performance after "Marie Antoinette". She is luminous and beautiful in this role. After this movie, she made a couple of terrible comedies and retired in 1942.

Shearer's other co-star, Conrad Veidt as her Nazi boyfriend, suits her better in this movie because they are closer in age and have the same elegance and smooth-cultural speaking voices. However, Taylor provided some needed humorous remarks in the movie. The supporting cast is perfect, headed by Alla Nazimova, in her best speaking role.


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