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Escape in the Desert (1945)

A DUTCH FLIER HITCHHIKING HIS WAY TO THE WEST COAST, TO JOIN HIS SQUADRON, STOPS AT A LONELY DESERT DINER. SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL, A GROUP OF NAZI'S TURN UP, HAVING ESCAPED FROM A P.O.W CAMP,

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Edward A. Blatt

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Thomas Job (screen play), Marvin Borowsky (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Sullivan ... Jane
Philip Dorn ... Philip Artveld
Irene Manning ... Lora Tedder
Helmut Dantine ... Capt. Becker
Alan Hale ... Dr. Orville Tedder
Samuel S. Hinds ... Gramp
Bill Kennedy ... Hank Albright
Kurt Kreuger ... Lt. Von Kleist
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Hoffman
Hans Schumm ... Klaus
Blayney Lewis Blayney Lewis ... Danny
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A DUTCH FLIER HITCHHIKING HIS WAY TO THE WEST COAST, TO JOIN HIS SQUADRON, STOPS AT A LONELY DESERT DINER. SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL, A GROUP OF NAZI'S TURN UP, HAVING ESCAPED FROM A P.O.W CAMP,

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Areias Escaldantes See more »

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 27 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Indianapolis Sunday 14 October 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Miami Tuesday 23 October 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in San Francisco Monday 29 October 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Boston Monday 5 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Buffalo Friday 28 December 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4), and in Bellingham WA Saturday 29 December 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

When the four Nazi escaped prisoners show up, three of them wear overalls with big letters of PW on their backs. Actor Kurt Kreuger is wearing a military uniform which would never have been allowed. All prisoners would have either PW or POW on their backs. See more »

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Version of Producers' Showcase: The Petrified Forest (1955) See more »

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Not a Great Escape
12 February 2003 | by gvb0907See all my reviews

Weak remake of "The Petrified Forest" with Dorn as a Dutch flyer in the Leslie Howard role and Dantine as an escaped Nazi POW replacing Bogart's Dick Mantee. Alan Hale supplies some minor comic relief as a stranded dentist. Robert Shayne, who later played Inspector Henderson on TV in "Superman," is heard as a radio newscaster.

This was apparently rushed into production to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the mass escape of some POWs from a camp near Phoenix in December 1944. Ironically, by the film's release date Hitler was dead and the Third Reich was in its final days, so the propaganda value was minimal.

It must have been a long war in Hollywood too as everyone looks as tired as the material.


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