MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,126 this week

Escapade (1955)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  5 August 1957 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 79 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 2 critic

It concerns a pacifist husband who is so involved in his "causes" he totally neglects his wife and two sons. The wife, ready to leave her husband, finds the schoolmaster knocking on their ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 130 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
list image
a list of 73 titles
created 05 May 2012
 
a list of 9984 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
list image
a list of 118 titles
created 24 Jul 2013
 
a list of 1588 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Escapade" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Escapade (1955)

Escapade (1955) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Escapade.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

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

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German POW camp housed in a Medieval castle.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: John Mills, Eric Portman, Christopher Rhodes
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wartime cottage on a Scottish estate becomes a focus of attention when not only the new tenant but a London evacuee and a downed fighter pilot all move in. The interest may not be ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Leslie Banks, Alastair Sim, Jeanne De Casalis
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Sonia Dresdel
Tiger Bay (1959)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A 12 year old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Hayley Mills, Horst Buchholz, John Mills
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund John
Curtain Up (1952)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In a small town in the 1950's a repertory company meets on Monday morning to start rehearsing the following week's play. This is a ghastly thing written by the aunt of one of the theatre's ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Smart
Stars: Robert Morley, Margaret Rutherford, Kay Kendall
Film-Noir | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Insurance investigator Dan Sullivan is forced to pose as a doctor while investigating a huge payroll robbery.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Gene Raymond, Noreen Nash, Robert Bice
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An investigative reporter tells his assistant about a book called The Argyle Album, which contains a list of people who were traitors and war profiteers during World War II. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: William Gargan, Marjorie Lord, Ralph Byrd
The Guilty (1947)
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two guys, sharing an apartment, meet twin girls. One is Shirley Temple grown-up, and the other is a major piece of bad news. The nice one is murdered and her boyfriend is accused of the crime. The wrong man-wrong victim plot strikes again.

Director: John Reinhardt
Stars: Bonita Granville, Don Castle, Regis Toomey
Bikini Baby (1951)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Marjory Clark wins a competition in her Midland town and finds herself in a Festival of Britain procession as Lady Godiva - though not in the buff. This leads by way of a suspect beauty ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Dennis Price, John McCallum, Stanley Holloway
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
John Hampden
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Mrs. Stella Hampden
...
Dr. Skillingworth
Jeremy Spenser ...
L. W. Daventry
Andrew Ray ...
Max Hampden
Marie Lohr ...
Mrs. Hampden - Senior
Colin Gordon ...
Deeson, Reporter
Nick Edmett ...
Paton (as Nicky Edmett)
...
Johnny Hampden
Christopher Ridley ...
Potter
Sean Barrett ...
Warren
Colin Freear ...
Richard 'Young Skilly' Skillingworth
Kit Terrington ...
Smith
Mark Dignam ...
Sykes
James Drake ...
Kirkland
Edit

Storyline

It concerns a pacifist husband who is so involved in his "causes" he totally neglects his wife and two sons. The wife, ready to leave her husband, finds the schoolmaster knocking on their door informing them their boys are going to be expelled for fighting, which he finds ironic in as much as the father is a known pacifist. When they get to the school their sons have disappeared. Written by Tapestry6

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Delitto blu  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

John Hampden: Can't you see the headlines? "War and Peace Among the Hampdens. Pacifist's Progeny Pip Pedagogue."
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Overly ambitious, but enjoyable
19 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the mid-1950s (as the British film industry was going through yet another crisis), independent producer David Angel turned out a series of modest but extremely intelligent films, of which the best are this one, "The Sea Shall Not Have Them" (with Michael Redgrave), "Cast a Dark Shadow" (with Dirk Bogarde), and "Carve Her Name With Pride" (with the underrated Virginia McKenna). These films boasted top-notch scripts and actors, but were hampered somewhat by their production values.

In the case of "Escapade," we have a fine cast and plot: John Mills plays a professional pacifist who can't seem to control the violence simmering within his own marriage to Yvonne Mitchell. Fearing a divorce, their sons concoct a plan to put their father's ideas into more pragmatic action; they steal a small airplane, which they plan to fly to Vienna in a calculated stunt that will bring attention to their own pacifist values and that will bring their family closer together. All of this causes much consternation for their school's headmaster, the great Alastair Sim.

In my opinion, Sim makes this movie. So fantastic was his comic timing that he steals every scene he's in -- even from the usually reliable John Mills. Two of Mills' sons are played by Andrew Ray (of "The Mudlark") and Peter Asher (brother of the more famous actress Jane Asher). One of their schoolmates is played by Jeremy Spencer (who would go on to appear in "Summertime" and "The Prince and the Showgirl"). Fans of British cinema should also keep a sharp look-out for character actor Richard Wattis who appears uncredited early on.

Such a cast makes it impossible for any movie to be bad, and indeed, "Escapade" is about 3/4 of a really good movie. Everything is fine while director Philip Leacock keeps a light touch, portraying the ease with which the schoolboys outsmart their parents and teachers. But the final act of the film loses its sense of humor and turns a little mawkish and sentimental. Writer Donald Ogden Stewart (who had already been blacklisted in Hollywood and wrote this screenplay under the pseudonym Gilbert Holland) tries to cram too many serious statements into the last 15 minutes: we get comments on the values of the press, on the potential for world peace, on the idealism of youth and the cynicism of adults, etc. As a result, the finale takes itself too seriously. What we really need is a director like Billy Wilder at the helm -- someone who could undercut the seriousness in order to curtail the sentimentalism. Part of the problem is probably due to the origins of the story as a play, and although Stewart manages to "open" the play successfully, the central gimmick (the fact that we never see Mills' eldest son) is what keeps me from being won over by the film's finale. I just have no reason to idolize/idealize the 16-year-old maverick we never see.

But these few complaints shouldn't stop you from watching this movie. In fact, these weaknesses are admirable because they illustrate just how intelligent the movie is.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Escapade (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?