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Escape by Night (1953)

An Italian racketeer on the run in London holes up in a disused theatre with a hard-drinking journalist out to get the full story.

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John Gilling

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John Gilling
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bonar Colleano Bonar Colleano ... Tom Buchan
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Joey Weston
Sidney James ... Gino Rossi (as Sydney James)
Ted Ray Ted Ray ... Mr. Weston
Simone Silva Simone Silva ... Rosetta Mantania
Patrick Barr ... Insp. Frampton
Peter Sinclair Peter Sinclair ... MacNaughton
Avice Landone ... Mrs. Weston
Ronald Adam ... Tallboy
Eric Berry Eric Berry ... Con Blair
Martin Benson ... Guillio
Ronan O'Casey ... Pietro
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An Italian racketeer on the run in London holes up in a disused theatre with a hard-drinking journalist out to get the full story.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Flukt i natten See more »

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Tempean Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The exotic Simone Silva sings two songs in this movie: "Should I Care" and "Why". Both were composed by Barbara Killalee, and the original music by the famous British bandleader Stanley Black. Miss Killalee and Mr. Black teamed up twice more to do songs for other movies: White Fire (1953) and Impulse (1954). See more »

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Should I Care
Lyrics by Barbara Killalee
Music by Stanley Black
Performed by Simone Silva (uncredited)
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A slow-moving gangster film
11 June 2017 | by Mbakkel2See all my reviews

To me Sid James was the embodiment of the "Carry on" series. Sid was a very beloved comical actor. "Escape by Night" gives us the opportunity to watch him in a serious role. Sid is convincing as the Italian gangster, Gino Rossi. Perhaps he is too convincing. As with Stellan Skarsgård's portrayal of the Russian citizen Dima, Sid doesn't play a character, but rather a stereotype or a cliché. Rossi is highly suspicious, violent and trigger-happy. Just, what you would expect from an Italian gangster. Sadly his character becomes too one-dimensional.

I must openly admit that this film didn't engage me. I am no fan of gangster films. I more like "whodunits" and psychological thrillers. The plot is very protracted. What enlivens the film is the presence of Andrew Ray as the working class boy, but today I think it would be difficult to convince a boy of his age that you are a secret agent.


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