An ex-convict, unable to get a good job because of his prison record, gets mixed up in a phony stock scam.



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Complete credited cast:
Steve Nichols, alias Steve Cummings
Mae Nichols
Tom Martin
Parole Officer Donovan
Jim Bonn
Bob, college boy at club
Mrs. Wilson
Regan - Beat Cop
Nat Carr ...
Mr. Watson, clothier
Joe, bartender-pimp


An ex-convict, unable to get a good job because of his prison record, gets mixed up in a phony stock scam.

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

5 July 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Magic Vault  »

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| (TV) (edited)

Sound Mix:

(Cineglow System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »


Harley: Jim. I'm going to engage a new man.
Jim Bonn: Go ahead. Why bother me?
Harley: It's Steve Nichols.
Jim Bonn: [astonished] Steve Nichols?
Harley: Don't you remember? He did time for a phony stock deal.
Jim Bonn: Why do we want him around here?
Harley: Don't you see? When we have to take it on the lam, this Nichols, with his past record...
Jim Bonn: a cinch to hold the bag, eh?
Harley: Jim, I congratulate you. You're not as stupid as I thought you were.
[Jim smiles, then looks offended]
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A first-rate B movie
5 June 2016 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

"I Can't Escape" is a perfect example of a good 1930s "B" movie -- short (about 65 minutes,) stylish, well-acted and frequently surprising. The star is Osgood Stevens who had the looks of a Gable but a weakness for booze which short-circuited his career. Opposite him -- and every bit as good -- is Lila Lee, thinly disguised as a prostitute until she meets Stevens and settles into happy domesticity. After getting out of jail and pounding the pavements, Stevens encounters a pair of swindlers who are happy to hire him as the perfect fall guy when they take off with their clients' cash. How he avoids another prison stretch is ingeniously plotted, excitingly filmed. In short, "I Can't Escape" is a fine example of what's meant by the phrase, "they don't make 'em like that anymore."

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