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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.

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Molly O'Hara
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Screwball Evans (as Jackie C. Gleason)
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Cornell
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Reardon (as Charles Wilson)
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Belle Mason
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Warden Kirby
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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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Huyendo de su pasado  »

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

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

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Remake of Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »

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Well Above-Average 1940s Crime Drama
20 November 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is not a film noir. It has a dark side and many of the components of film noir. But it's a standard crime story, exceptionally well executed. (Oh, no pun intended, as it involves prisons!) Apart from Jackie Gleason in a relatively minor role, the only recognizable player is Julie Bishop. She's very appealing as the devoted wife of a man we see being paroled as the picture begins.

He doesn't have things easy. Old friends he'd prefer to have left behind keep turning up. A cop is keeping a partially benevolent but steady eye on him.

This stars and is generally populated with minor Warner brothers performers. There is no really big name, though handsome Richard Travis was possibly being groomed as one. Or observed to see if he could become one.

He didn't make it but the movie hangs together very well. It's short and tightly written, filmed, and edited.


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