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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 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>

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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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

According to the article "Hollywood's friends and foes" by Colin Shindler in the film history tome 'The Movie', this film " . . . though set largely inside a concentration camp . . . managed to avoid the mention of the words 'German' or 'Nazi' " throughout the whole movie. See more »

Quotes

General Kurt von Kolb: Emmy Ritter? Yes, I remember her. Bad tempered girl. Good legs. Used to be very popular, fifteen or twenty years ago.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940) 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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