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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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Release Date:

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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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

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

Referenced in Book Revue (1946) 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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Mervyn LeRoy Super Film!
3 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the 1940's Mervyn LeRoy was a great director of many fine films and you can tell by the great actors performing in this film and the mysterious plot to this story. Norma Shearer,(Countess Ruby Von Treck),"The Women",'39, had an admiring Nazi General, Conrad Veidt,(General Kurt von Kolb),"Casablanca",'42, who tried to take over her life. However, Robert Taylor,(Mark Preysing),"Johnny Tiger",'66, came to Europe to find his mother who was a retired actress and being held captive by the Nazi authorities. There is a coffin and graveyard involved in this story which makes the film quite interesting, considering it was made in 1940. If you look close you will see Bonita Granville,(Ursula, a Student),"Nancy Drew Pictures of 1930's", trying to help Mark Preysing avoid being captured by the Nazi soldiers. If you love a very young looking Robert Taylor, this is the film for YOU!


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