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Escape (1948)

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Matt Denant, ex-RAF flier, sentenced to three years in Dartmoor for striking and accidentally killing a detective who was attempting to arrest a lady of the evening to whom Denant had been casually speaking. Rankling under the injustice... See full synopsis »

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Once a Play, Always a Play
11 March 2010 | by (Victoria, Canada) – See all my reviews

To cut straight to the chase, 'Escape' is an improbable and pedestrian fugitive-on-the-run story, saved to some degree by the appeal of its English-born leads 'Sexy Rexy' Harrison and Peggy Cummins, best known for her role as the fetishistic femme fatale in 'Gun Crazy'.

Matt Denant (Harrison) is sent to jail for three years for the assault and inadvertent killing of a police officer. Cummins is Dora Winton, a young woman who ends up offering Denant both the benefit of the doubt and willing assistance following his escape from prison.

Harrison is as disarmingly louche in his performance as usual and Cummins is as engagingly headstrong. Also sufficient is William Hartnell as a police inspector, a part he played to effect often in British crime dramas.

The film, based on a play by John Galsworthy also benefits from a literate script that offers a thoughtful meditation on justice and its sometimes difficult and uneven administration.

However, in the end, the parts don't come close to adding up to a satisfying whole. 'Escape', directed by Joseph. L. Mankeiwicz, is a potentially much bigger picture writ unfortunately small. It feels constricted and over-concerned, unable to overcome its theatrical origins and the cautious reserve of its essential Englishness.

Pity, that.


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