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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 ... 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

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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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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

Red O'Hara addresses an envelope in close-up but the envelope he licks to seal is blank. See more »

Connections

Remake of Picture Snatcher (1933) See more »

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Another short but tight Warners "B" quickie
13 March 2015 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

Richard Travis is an ex-con who gets a job as a newspaper photographer, and rises to the top of his profession until his past comes back to put him in a predicament that could endanger his parole. Director D. Ross Lederman turns out another one of his patented fast-paced actioners, with vicious gangsters, tough cops, hard dialogue, sassy gun molls, blasting guns, car chases and everything else that made these Warners "B"s so great. Travis, who was groomed to be a star, had the looks and the talent to do it but never managed to break out of the "B" niche. The rest of the cast is populated with the great faces and voices of some of the Warners "stock company"--Frank Wilcox, Wade Boteler, John Hamilton, John Harmon, Paul Fix and Jackie Gleason early in his career in a small role. The terrific Julie Bishop plays Travis' devoted wife. The film is a remake of James Cagney's 1933 "Picture Snatcher" and uses some footage from it, but while this picture may be low-budget, it's definitely not low-quality. It moves like lightning and is an enjoyable example of the kinds of films that "they just don't make anymore".


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