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Escape (1948)

A convict sentenced to three years for killing a detective escapes from a prison and goes on the run aided by a local girl.

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Philip Dunne (screenplay), John Galsworthy (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rex Harrison ... Matt Denant
Peggy Cummins ... Dora Winton
William Hartnell ... Inspector Harris
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... Minister
Jill Esmond ... Grace Winton
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Brownie - convict
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Pinkem
Betty Ann Davies ... Girl in Park
Cyril Cusack ... Rodgers
John Slater John Slater ... Salesman
Frank Pettingell ... Constable Beames
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Detective Penter
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Judge
Walter Hudd ... Defense Counsel
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Crown Counsel
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Storyline

A convict sentenced to three years for killing a detective escapes from a prison and goes on the run aided by a local girl.

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Homem em Fuga See more »

Filming Locations:

Dartmoor, Devon, England, UK See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Hartnell (Inspector Harris) and Patrick Troughton (Shepherd) would both later achieve widespread fame for playing the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). Hartnell played the First Doctor from 1963 to 1966 while Troughton played the Second Doctor from 1966 to 1969. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Harris: Who was it said that er, "a prison is a monastery of men who have not chosen to be monks"?
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Crazy Credits

The law is what it is, a majestic edifice sheltering all of us, each stone of which rests on another. See more »

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Remake of Escape! (1930) See more »

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Rex Harrison as war hero and martyr to injustice but not without some recompense
30 July 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

A dark story of injustice, charting the hopelessness of a fugitive not from justice but from the law, which has failed in giving justice. Rex Harrison is a former war hero who defends a defenseless girl in a park and accidentally gets into more trouble than he bargained for, with fatal consequences, for a villain who deserved it, and for himself, who has to survive it. It's a great story by John Galsworthy with many instructive insights on the way. It's kind of an exploration of the problems of injustice. Anyway, risking his life and prolonged sentence by escaping, he does win something on the way, which he wouldn't if he hadn't risked everything for freedom.

Joseph Mankiewicz' direction displays all the literary deserts of the story and communicates it well with clarity and detached poignancy. It's a small film but the greater for its spartan concentration, containing much more than what any film can show.


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