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None Shall Escape (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 3 February 1944 (USA)
The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.


André De Toth (as Andre DeToth)


Lester Cole (screen play), Alfred Neumann (story) | 1 more credit »


Airs Sun. Sep. 30, 8:00 PM on TCM

Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Hunt ... Marja Pacierkowski
Alexander Knox ... Wilhelm Grimm
Henry Travers ... Father Warecki
Erik Rolf Erik Rolf ... Karl Grimm
Richard Crane ... Willie Grimm as a Man
Dorothy Morris ... Janina Paeierkowski
Richard Hale ... Rabbi David Levin
Ruth Nelson ... Alice Grimm
Kurt Kreuger ... Lt. Gersdorf
Shirley Mills ... Anna Oremska
Elvin Field Elvin Field ... Jan Stys as a Boy
Trevor Bardette ... Jan Stys as a Man
Frank Jaquet ... Dr. Matek
Ray Teal ... Oremski
Art Smith ... Stys


The career of a Nazi officer shown as flashbacks from his trial as a war criminal.

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Drama | War


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Release Date:

3 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lebensraum See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


A B-picture long unavailable on video or DVD and only rarely televised, this film underwent a reappraisal when it was described in several outlets as "Hollywood's first Holocaust film" (it depicts the mass deportation of Polish Jews to what are implicitly death camps). See more »


Wilhelm Grimm initially appears in the uniform of the SS and then later appears in a Wehrmacht uniform. This is unlikely. It was more likely to be the other way around towards the end of the war when SS soldiers tried to hide their SS involvement by disguising themselves as ordinary solders. See more »


Wilhelm Grimm: The future lies in victory not in freedom. The war will be continued until it's won, that's our destiny.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: The time of this story is the future.

The war is over.

As we promised, the criminals of this war have been taken back to the scenes of their crimes for trial.

In fact, as our leaders promised--



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A Good Little Unknown Movie
26 February 2007 | by brackenheSee all my reviews

The only reason I give this movie an 8 out of 10 is because there are few movies, in my opinion, that are perfect. This little B picture is a taut story, well told. I've always been intrigued by Alexander Knox, but have seen him very few movies. Here he plays Wilhelm Grimm, a sad little man who turns into a monster. He betrays everything and everybody without an ounce of remorse. The performance is one of the most chilling performances I've ever seen. Since World War 2, actors who played Nazis or other evil types in films have occasionally been nominated for Oscars. I imagine that since this was made during the war, the Academy felt like honoring a performance like this would have been like honoring evil. But Knox puts in that kind of performance--a man so bitter and consumed by guilt that he thinks nothing of making others suffer. I still can't get over it.

Marsha Hunt, who usually plays the filbert gibbet or social butterfly, is cast against type in probably the best performance I've ever seen her give, too. Maybe not Oscar worthy, but the best of her career. Nothing against her; I have enjoyed her in those "slight" roles she often played. But here she proves she up to the task of heavier drama.

If you like human drama stories, or stories about the fates of those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis, I highly recommend this fine little film.

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