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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.

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Mark Preysing
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General Kurt von Kolb
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Emmy Ritter (as Nazimova)
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Fritz Keller
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Dr. Arthur Henning
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Dr. Ditten
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Ursula
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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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Thrilling Book : Magnificent Picture

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When the Door Opened  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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According to the article "Hollywood's friends and foes" by Colin Shindler in the film history tome 'The Movie', this film " . . . though set largely inside a concentration camp . . . managed to avoid the mention of the words 'German' or 'Nazi' " throughout the whole movie. See more »

Quotes

General Kurt von Kolb: You're an unreasonable stubborn child, but, if it amuses you to indulge your curiosity, Emmy Ritter's in a concentration camp and is to be executed Saturday.
Countess von Treck: Executed?
General Kurt von Kolb: May we now consider the matter closed.
Countess von Treck: They're going to kill her? Why?
General Kurt von Kolb: I didn't say kill her! I said execute.
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Connections

Edited into Mr. Blabbermouth! (1942) 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
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A minor gem...handsomely produced and well acted melodrama of the Nazi menace...
30 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

In the Ethel Vance novel, the role of the Countess is even smaller than it is in the film. The story has been re-structured to fit MGM's Norma Shearer (still the Queen of the lot at the time) and Robert Taylor. Taylor, always an underrated actor, gives one of his most forceful, sensitive and earnest performances as an American trying to free his mother from a German prison camp and seeking the help of the Countess to achieve his goal. Suspense builds as the Nazi menace (Conrad Veidt) threatens to destroy any hope he has of enabling his mother to escape.

Handsomely produced, although much of the Alpine scenery has a studio-bound stage setting look, it gives us a glimpse of Norma Shearer's aristocratic beauty and Robert Taylor in his prime--which should be enough for some movie fans. Added to that is the suspenseful story and an excellent supporting cast--including Nazimova as the mother, Felix Bressart and Bonita Granville as a pro-Nazi sympathizer. It all moves rather smoothly under Mervyn LeRoy's direction, a glossy melodrama that unfortunately has never made its way to video. Well worth watching, so catch it if you can on one of the cable stations.


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