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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 »
General Kurt von Kolb:
Emmy Ritter? Yes, I remember her. Bad tempered girl. Good legs. Used to be very popular, fifteen or twenty years ago.
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"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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