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Flight from Destiny (1941)

After philosophy Professor Todhunter is told he has 6 months left to live, he is barred from teaching by his college so there won't be a scandal if he drops dead in class. Discussing a ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Barry Trivers (screen play), Anthony Berkeley (from a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Betty Farroway
Thomas Mitchell ... Professor Henry Todhunter
Jeffrey Lynn ... Michael Farroway
James Stephenson ... Dr. Lawrence Stevens
Mona Maris ... Ketti Moret
Jonathan Hale ... District Attorney
David Bruce ... Saunders
Thurston Hall ... Dean Somers
Mary Gordon ... Martha
John Eldredge ... Peterson
Hardie Albright ... Ferrers
William Forrest ... Prentiss
Weldon Heyburn ... Brooks
William Hopper ... Travin (as DeWolf Hopper)
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Conway
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After philosophy Professor Todhunter is told he has 6 months left to live, he is barred from teaching by his college so there won't be a scandal if he drops dead in class. Discussing a hypothetical man with 6 months to live with a group of friends, Todhunter asks each what he'd do in his last 6 months. One says he'd commit a "social murder" kill someone who is not a criminal but without whom society would be better off. The professor obsesses on the idea and actually comes across a situation involving two of his friends where he thinks it would be a good idea to act on his obsession. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugindo ao Destino See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not Art for Art's Sake
12 December 2012 | by The_Dying_FlutchmanSee all my reviews

Not even Art for Art's sake can make a philosophy professor change his mind about doing something most people would think more than thirty times about before they pulled a trigger. Thomas Mitchell, one of America's greatest character actors here plays the lead and it is most definitely the role of a lifetime and any other actors of his time would have been pleased to play it. Mitchell, who often played drunks, here plays a very sober professor of philosophy who is absolutely convinced, for the greatest good, he must take another's life. There are a few other entanglements, but this man must convince several others there was a very excellent reason for committing his "crime of the century".

This beautiful "B" movie from 1941 is one of the most unusual in theme I have ever seen. It deals with subject matter I was very surprised a small film from a major Hollywood studio would be allowed to deal with. I dare not give anything more away except to say, if it comes anywhere near your viewing area, do not hesitate to watch it. It is that superb!


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