6.6/10
157
5 user 2 critic

Flight from Destiny (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 8 February 1941 (USA)
After philosophy Professor Todhunter is told he has 6 months left to live, he is barred from teaching by his college so there won't be a scandal if he drops dead in class. Discussing a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (from a story by)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In a Scottish sanitarium, a brilliant research psychiatrist works on a treatment for dementia precox. He falls for his altruistic female lab assistant and they begin a passionate tragic relationship.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: James Stephenson, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Donald Crisp
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fiona, Evelyn and Susanna are sisters. Their mother dies on the Lusitania, their father is killed in France, they must manage their Fifth Avenue mansion by themselves. Fiona marries Charles... See full summary »

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Brooklyn, fishing is the hobby of the workers Jonah Goodwin and Olaf Johnson and they use to fish every night in their old boat. Jonah's daughter is the twenty-one year-old telephone ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Ida Lupino, John Garfield, Thomas Mitchell
The Star (1952)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a comeback.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, a unit of female pilots during WW II who flew bombers from the factories to their final destinations.

Director: John Rawlins
Stars: Loretta Young, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Diana Barrymore
Mystery | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common.

Director: Edward A. Blatt
Stars: John Garfield, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bachelor Harry Quincey, head designer in a small-town cloth factory, lives with his selfish sisters, glamorous hypochondriac Lettie and querulous widow Hester. His developing relationship ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: George Sanders, Ella Raines, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A German-born engineer, his American wife and their children travel from Mexico to the United States to visit his brother but their plans are complicated by a Romanian count.

Directors: Herman Shumlin, Hal Mohr
Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The housekeeper to a retired actress tries at the same time to look after her own two emotionally disturbed sisters, with dramatic results.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Ida Lupino, Louis Hayward, Evelyn Keyes
Never Weaken (1921)
Certificate: Passed Short | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Our hero (Lloyd) is infatuated with a girl in the next office. In order to drum up business for her boss, an osteopath, he gets an actor friend to pretend injuries that the doctor "cures", ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Roy Brooks
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Olivia Harwood, missionary's widow, meets charming Mark Bellis, artist and rogue, on the ship taking them both back to 1890s London. When Olivia opens a lodging house Mark becomes her ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Ray Milland, Ann Todd, Geraldine Fitzgerald
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Professor Henry Todhunter
...
Michael Farroway
...
Dr. Lawrence Stevens
...
Ketti Moret
...
District Attorney
...
Saunders
...
Dean Somers
...
Martha
John Eldredge ...
Peterson
...
Ferrers
...
Prentiss
...
Brooks
...
Travin (as DeWolf Hopper)
Alexander Lockwood ...
Conway
Edit

Storyline

After philosophy Professor Todhunter is told he has 6 months left to live, he is barred from teaching by his college so there won't be a scandal if he drops dead in class. Discussing a hypothetical man with 6 months to live with a group of friends, Todhunter asks each what he'd do in his last 6 months. One says he'd commit a "social murder" kill someone who is not a criminal but without whom society would be better off. The professor obsesses on the idea and actually comes across a situation involving two of his friends where he thinks it would be a good idea to act on his obsession. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 February 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugindo ao Destino  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Don Siegel directed at least one scene when director Vincent Sherman took ill and couldn't come to work. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not Art for Art's Sake
12 December 2012 | by (The El Monte Legion Stadium) – See all my reviews

Not even Art for Art's sake can make a philosophy professor change his mind about doing something most people would think more than thirty times about before they pulled a trigger. Thomas Mitchell, one of America's greatest character actors here plays the lead and it is most definitely the role of a lifetime and any other actors of his time would have been pleased to play it. Mitchell, who often played drunks, here plays a very sober professor of philosophy who is absolutely convinced, for the greatest good, he must take another's life. There are a few other entanglements, but this man must convince several others there was a very excellent reason for committing his "crime of the century".

This beautiful "B" movie from 1941 is one of the most unusual in theme I have ever seen. It deals with subject matter I was very surprised a small film from a major Hollywood studio would be allowed to deal with. I dare not give anything more away except to say, if it comes anywhere near your viewing area, do not hesitate to watch it. It is that superb!


15 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?