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None Shall Escape (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 3 February 1944 (USA)
The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.


(as Andre DeToth)


(screen play), (story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marja Pacierkowski
Wilhelm Grimm
Father Warecki
Erik Rolf ...
Karl Grimm
Willie Grimm as a Man
Janina Paeierkowski
Rabbi David Levin
Ruth Nelson ...
Alice Grimm
Lt. Gersdorf
Shirley Mills ...
Anna Oremska
Elvin Field ...
Jan Stys as a Boy
Jan Stys as a Man
Dr. Matek
Art Smith ...


The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.

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The Trial of the War Criminals! See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

3 February 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lebensraum  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director de Toth was doing only his second feature for Columbia with "None Shall Escape" and the studio wanted him to use Paul Lukas, who had recently enjoyed a great success in a similar role with "Watch on the Rhine." De Toth wanted a lesser known star and campaigned for Alexander Knox, whom he had seen on Broadway in Chekhov's "Three Sisters." When Knox was hired and was told who was directing, he objected that de Toth was unknown and insisted on Lewis Milestone. Harry Cohn reportedly berated Knox for his selfishness and ingratitude. According to de Toth, Knox and he ended up as friends, and worked together on subsequent films. See more »


Wilhelm Grimm initially appears in the uniform of the SS and then later appears in a Wehrmacht uniform. This is unlikely. It was more likely to be the other way around towards the end of the war when SS soldiers tried to hide their SS involvement by disguising themselves as ordinary solders. See more »


Wilhelm Grimm: The future lies in victory not in freedom. The war will be continued until it's won, that's our destiny.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The time of this story is the future.

The war is over.

As we promised, the criminals of this war have been taken back to the scenes of their crimes for trial.

In fact, as our leaders promised--



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Great Classic Film
28 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Never viewed this film until recently on TCM and found this story concerning Poland and a small town which had to suffer with the Nazi occupation of the local towns just like many other European Cities for example: Norway. The First World War was over and people in this town were still suffering from their lost soldiers and the wounded which War always creates. Alexander Knox, ( Wilhelm Gimm)"Gorky Park" returns from the war with a lost leg and was the former school teacher in town. He was brought up a German and was not very happy with the Polish people and they in turn did not fully accept him either. As the Hitler party grew to power Wilhelm Grimm desired to become a Nazi in order to return and punish this small Polish town for their treatment towards him which was really all in his mind. Marsha Hunt,(Marja Pacierkowski),"Chloe's Prayer", played an outstanding role as a woman who lost her husband and was romantically involved with Whilhelm Gimm. There are many flashbacks and some very real truths about how the Nazi destroyed people's families and their entire lives. The cattle cars are shown in this picture with Jewish people heading to the Nazi gas chambers. If you have not seen this film, and like this subject matter, give it some of your time; this film is very down to earth for a 1944 film and a story you will not forget too quickly.

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