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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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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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1 November 1940 (USA)  »

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When the Door Opened  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Feature debut of Helmut Dantine. 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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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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Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor's love affair may cost them everything… including their lives!
10 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is an unusual film for the Queen of MGM, Norma Shearer. Although she has never looked better, in this suspense drama, she is not the central character but rather a supporting one. The story centers on Robert Taylor who is desperate to evacuate his mother (played by the silent screen legend Alla Nazimova) from Nazi occupied Europe. Director Mervyn LeRoy keeps the pace going swiftly and contemporary audiences will enjoy the film as much as they did in 1940 when it opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York.


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