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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 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


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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Plot Keywords:

murder | songwriter | See All (2) »


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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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


No Escape
Music by Bert Shefter
Lyrics by Charles Bennett
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Mostly a Failure of a Film…For Bad Movie Buffs Only
7 January 2016 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

This very Low-Budget Movie seems to have been Produced by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the San Francisco Police Department.

By 1953 just about every Crime Film had these kinds of sappy, self-important, openings about how the United States, the post WWII Land of Milk and Honey, was "Protected" by the World's best Military and Police Force. The Conservative 1950's, if these "Propagandized" Pictures were to be believed, was Paradise Personified and the "Big Brother" Overseers were dedicated to keep it that way.

Pure Film-Noir suffered during this period and started to morph into Police Procedurals and Governmental Agency Puff Pieces. This is an example of one of those with an Opening and "Authoritarian" Voice Over comforting Audiences that everything was under control and there was "No Escape" for Criminals and Illegal Activity was futile.

This Film is almost inept and amateurish at times with its bad Acting, weak scripting, and horrendous editing. Add to that the bland and brightly lit interiors and flat and uninspired travelogue shots of the City, it ultimately is a failure on most levels.

Lew Ayres is miscast as a down on His luck Singer-Songwriter, Sonny Tufts is a cartoonish, buffoonish, brutish, behemoth of an Actor who might have had a more successful career as a Pro Wrestler where His Acting Chops and huge physical presence could be put to better use.

Marjorie Steele is a pretty, full-lipped natural blonde that is easy on the eyes and does nothing to embarrass Herself in one of the only four Films She appeared. Marrying a Multi-Millionaire at Age 19, set Her on a course to abandon Stage and Screen.

Overall, the Movie is a huge disappointment, especially for Film-Noir Fans and Crime and Mystery Film Buffs. The on location San Fran Street Photography can't save the thing and it remains for B-Movie and Bad Movie Completists only.

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