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Escape from Crime (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 25 July 1942 (USA)
Ex-con Red O'Hara becomes a daring news photographer, but his old ways get him into trouble.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay), Daniel Ahern (story "Picture Snatcher") (as Danny Ahearn)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Travis ... Red O'Hara
Julie Bishop ... Molly O'Hara
Jackie Gleason ... Screwball Evans (as Jackie C. Gleason)
Frank Wilcox ... Cornell
Rex Williams Rex Williams ... Slim Dugan
Wade Boteler ... Lieutenant Biff Malone
Charles C. Wilson ... Reardon (as Charles Wilson)
Paul Fix ... Dude Merrill
Ruth Ford Ruth Ford ... Myrt
John Hamilton ... Rafferty
Ann Corcoran ... Belle Mason
Ben Taggart ... Warden Kirby
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Storyline

Red O'Hara, just released from prison after serving an unjust sentence on a frame engineered by Dude Merrill, leaves his wife Molly and tries unsuccessfully to land a news photographer's job. He finally gets a position after photographing a bank robbery, and tops this later by catching Dude in the midst of a crime and preventing the killing of a detective. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She Loved a Man With a Gun! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Huyendo de su pasado See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Harry Arras died of a heart attack on set while shooting a scene for this film. See more »

Goofs

Charles Sherlock is seen as the killer of the policeman during the bank robbery, and as Butch Medford is reported to be one of the three to be executed. After the executions, he is still seen as one of the gangsters in the gunfight at the end, then called Charlie. See more »

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Remake of Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »

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Pictures at an Execution
14 March 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Freshly paroled from prison, photographer Richard Travis (as "Red" O'Hara) immediately goes to see his estranged wife Julie Bishop (as Molly). Hearing a man in the house, Mr. Travis believes Ms. Bishop is a "two-timing little twit" and plans to shoot the lovers. Travis changes his mind when Bishop surprises him with a red-haired baby son. Hoping to support his new family, Travis tries to get a job at "The Illustrated News" with news editor Frank Wilcox (as Cornell). They won't hire an ex-con, but "go-getter" Travis delivers exclusive photos of a bank robbery to the paper and is hired as staff photographer...

Going straight is difficult due to Travis' friendships with underworld types, like Rex Williams (as "Slim" Dugan). Even worse, Travis is assigned to enter his old prison and illegally photograph an electric chair execution. Arched acting and brisk direction, by D. Ross Lederman, make this revision of "Picture Snatcher" (1933) play nicely. The original story suggested sex between two of its stars and an independent, female co-worker; obviously, this was abandoned. Don't miss the opening minutes, or you won't see future "Honeymooners" TV comedy legend Jackie Gleason (as "Screwball" Evans).

****** Escape from Crime (7/25/42) D. Ross Lederman ~ Richard Travis, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Rex Williams


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