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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
Albert Bassermann ...
Dr. Arthur Henning
Philip Dorn ...
Dr. Ditten
Edgar Barrier ...
Commissioner
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Ursula
Elsa Bassermann ...
Mrs. Henning
Blanche Yurka ...
Nurse
Lisa Golm ...
Anna
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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>

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

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Thrilling Book : Magnificent Picture

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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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1.37 : 1
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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: 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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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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No twists, no turns, just a simple well-made movie.
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just stumbled upon this movie tonight. Quite a gem.

Lots of emotions involved in this movie, considering it is a son trying to save his mother from an undeserved fate. Nice acting by Taylor and Shearer, and Veidt does well as the ominous and ever-present antagonist.

What I really liked about this movie is the timing of its making. It is before average American's really knew about Hitler and Nazi's, and well before Pearl Harbor, and America's entry into the war.

Yet, it shows in a magnificently subdued way the political climate of the time, without ever mentioning Germany or Nazi's.

Keep in mind, if you watch this movie, that the actors, directors, and producers knew nothing of the horrors the Nazi's would ultimately do.

Seeing movies like this one makes me wonder what people were thinking at the time. Could the holocaust have been prevented? Is there something going on right now that we should take notice of, and maybe prevent? In summary, I say watch this movie, and try and put yourself in 1938 while watching. The movie has to be viewed from that perspective to fully appreciate it.


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