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Escape from Crime (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 July 1942 (USA)
Ex-con Red O'Hara becomes a daring news photographer, but his old ways get him into trouble.



(screenplay), (story "Picture Snatcher") (as Danny Ahearn)


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Complete credited cast:
Red O'Hara
Molly O'Hara
Screwball Evans (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Rex Williams ...
Slim Dugan
Lieutenant Biff Malone
Reardon (as Charles Wilson)
Dude Merrill
Ruth Ford ...
Belle Mason
Warden Kirby


Red O'Hara, just released from prison after serving an unjust sentence on a frame engineered by Dude Merrill, leaves his wife Molly and tries unsuccessfully to land a news photographer's job. He finally gets a position after photographing a bank robbery, and tops this later by catching Dude in the midst of a crime and preventing the killing of a detective. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

25 July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Huyendo de su pasado  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Harry Arras died of a heart attack on set while shooting a scene for this film. See more »


Red O'Hara addresses an envelope in close-up but the envelope he licks to seal is blank. See more »


Remake of Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »

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A lot of plot for 51 minutes
26 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

Richard Travis and Julie Bishop star in a short B, "Escape from Crime," a Warners film from 1942.

Travis plays a parolee who gets photos of a bank robbery and parlays it into a job on a newspaper. He later gets into trouble when his boss wants him to worm his way into the prison and photograph the execution of one of his old crime buddies.

It's very hard to judge these films - they were probably made in an afternoon. You'll see lots of familiar faces, as most if not all of these actors later went on to work in television.

Jackie Gleason has a tiny role. Needless to say, he made it bigger than all of them.

"Escape from Crime" moves fast and has a convoluted plot.

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