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No Escape (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 31 July 1953 (USA)
When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend, a police detective, arranges for a struggling songwriter who is playing piano in a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lew Ayres ... John Howard Tracy
Sonny Tufts ... Detective Simon Shayne
Marjorie Steele ... Pat Peterson
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Police Lt. Bruce Gunning
Gertrude Michael ... Olga Valerie Lewis
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Wilbur K. Grossett
Renny McEvoy ... Turnip
Bobby Watson ... Claude Duffy (as Robert Watson)
James Griffith ... Peter Hayden
Robert Bailey ... Detective Bob
Robert Carson ... Dr. Seymour
Leon Burbank Leon Burbank ... Office Boy
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Mac - the Waiter
Barbara Morrison ... Mrs. Eugene Beresford
Carleton Young ... Don Holden
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Storyline

When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend, a police detective, arranges for a struggling songwriter who is playing piano in a bar to be blamed for the crime. The girl, knowing that neither she nor the piano player committed the murder, helps him to escape from the police dragnet and try to find the real killer. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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murder | songwriter | See All (2) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City on a Hunt See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Matthugh Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the UK this modest film was seen by far more people than would normally have been the case as it was chosen to support Rank's massively successful Coronation documentary A Queen Is Crowned on the Odeon and Gaumont circuits. See more »

Goofs

About twenty minutes into the film, John steps through the doorway into Pat's apartment twice between shots - and he is holding his hat differently as well. See more »

Soundtracks

No Escape
Music by Bert Shefter
Lyrics by Charles Bennett
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Even San Francisco locations don't help NO ESCAPE...
9 May 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

What a tepid little thriller this is, with LEW AYRES as a lounge lizard who sings for his supper, finds romance with a girl (MARJORIE STEELE) when both of them have to go on the lam for a crime they didn't commit. SONNY TUFTS is the detective on the case in what can only be described as a sketchily written role with almost no real substance. Miss Steele remains a nonentity throughout.

As a result, this is a poorly motivated crime tale using authentic San Francisco backgrounds for some local color but the B&W photography is notably ineffective in bringing the film to life.

Ayres seems to know he's coasting along in inferior material and only occasionally shows a flash of his talent that gives the tale a momentary lift from the ordinary. Tufts is solemn and humorless in a poorly written role as the detective who seems obsessed with keeping his girlfriend out of the case when it's discovered that she paid a visit to a murdered man.

The revelation of the murderer comes as no big surprise.

Summing up: Strictly a low-budget affair that never becomes the taut tale it strives to be, judging from the opening credits and music.


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