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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

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Drama

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 20 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), followed by Philadelphia Monday 6 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Altoona PA 22 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel10), in Seattle 3 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 20 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Honolulu 22 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 4 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Phoenix 1 September 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Baltimore 15 September 1957 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Nashville 17 October 1957 on WLAC (Channel 5), in Tucson 4 December 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), and in Cleveland 20 December 1957 on KYW (Channel 3); in Los Angeles its television premiere did not take place until a year later, 14 December 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco its earliest documented telecast stands at 10 November 1961 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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Dr. Ditten: When I was a boy, I lived in the country. I never saw a theater or went anywhere. And one day, my father went to the city and brought back a theater program with your photograph on it. I stole it. I kept it hidden in a bureau drawer.
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Dr. Ditten: In the photograph you were dressed as St. Elizabeth, carrying a basket with loaves of bread and in your arms - roses.
Emmy Ritter: I remember.
Dr. Ditten: That's why you were important to me. In my hungry, empty world, you ...
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestod
(1865) (uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Written by Richard Wagner
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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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