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Escape (1940)

Passed | | Drama | 1 November 1940 (USA)
1938: A young man arrives in Hitler's Germany, frantically seeking information about his German mother, and finds she is pending execution at a concentration camp.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Arch Oboler (screen play), Marguerite Roberts (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Countess von Treck
Robert Taylor ... Mark Preysing
Conrad Veidt ... General Kurt von Kolb
Alla Nazimova ... Emmy Ritter (as Nazimova)
Felix Bressart ... Fritz Keller
Albert Bassermann ... Dr. Arthur Henning
Philip Dorn ... Dr. Ditten
Edgar Barrier ... Commissioner
Bonita Granville ... Ursula
Elsa Bassermann ... Mrs. Henning
Blanche Yurka ... Nurse
Lisa Golm ... Anna
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Storyline

An American goes to Germany to find his mother and discovers her in a concentration camp. With the help of a German countess he engineers her escape. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

nazi | germany | actress | escape | skiing | See All (14) »

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Thrilling Book : Magnificent Picture

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Door Opened See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Author Grace Zaring Stone used a pen name when her book was published to protect relatives living in Europe from Nazi retribution. Similarly, no composer credit was given in the film for the same reason, and some of the actors used fictitious names. See more »

Quotes

Countess von Treck: So you're an American? Tell me, do you have Indian blood?
Mark Preysing: Indian blood?
Countess von Treck: Or are you a cowboy? I love those cowboy songs? Did you bring your ukulele?
Mark Preysing: Look lady, there are other people in America besides Indians and Cowboys.
Countess von Treck: Oh, then you're a hillbilly.
Mark Preysing: Yeah, that's right, from 57th Street.
Countess von Treck: West or East?
Mark Preysing: West. Why?
Countess von Treck: I was born on East 57th Street.
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Connections

Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestod
(1865) (uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on piano by Conrad Veidt
Played at a concert and as background
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Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor's love affair may cost them everything… including their lives!
10 September 1998 | by Pat-54See all my reviews

This is an unusual film for the Queen of MGM, Norma Shearer. Although she has never looked better, in this suspense drama, she is not the central character but rather a supporting one. The story centers on Robert Taylor who is desperate to evacuate his mother (played by the silent screen legend Alla Nazimova) from Nazi occupied Europe. Director Mervyn LeRoy keeps the pace going swiftly and contemporary audiences will enjoy the film as much as they did in 1940 when it opened at Radio City Music Hall in New York.


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