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I Can't Escape (1934)

An ex-convict, unable to get a good job because of his prison record, gets mixed up in a phony stock scam.


Otto Brower


Nathan Ash (story) (as Nathan Asch), Jerry Sackheim (story)




Complete credited cast:
Onslow Stevens ... Steve Nichols, alias Steve Cummings
Lila Lee ... Mae Nichols
Russell Gleason ... Tom Martin
William Desmond ... Parole Officer Donovan
Hooper Atchley ... Harley
Otis Harlan ... Jim Bonn
Kane Richmond ... Bob, college boy at club
Clara Kimball Young ... Mrs. Wilson
Eddie Gribbon ... Regan - Beat Cop
Nat Carr ... Mr. Watson, clothier
Richard Cramer ... Joe, bartender-pimp


An ex-convict, unable to get a good job because of his prison record, gets mixed up in a phony stock scam.

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Re-titled, and edited down to less than thirty minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950's as part of a syndicated half hour mystery show. See more »


Harley: Jim. I'm going to engage a new man.
Jim Bonn: Go ahead. Why bother me?
Harley: It's Steve Nichols.
Jim Bonn: [astonished] Steve Nichols?
Harley: Don't you remember? He did time for a phony stock deal.
Jim Bonn: Why do we want him around here?
Harley: Don't you see? When we have to take it on the lam, this Nichols, with his past record...
Jim Bonn: ...is a cinch to hold the bag, eh?
Harley: Jim, I congratulate you. You're not as stupid as I thought you were.
[Jim smiles, then looks offended]
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Graceful, Socially Concerned Quickie
30 March 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

This earnest little quickie has the usual opening sequence in a nightclub and a climax set at an airfield to end the film with a wallop, and in between contrives to take a sober look at the problems faced by a young Onslow Stevens as an ex-con out on parole without references. It's sufficiently compelling to have you wondering how on earth its increasingly involved plot can possibly be resolved happily, and manages a conclusion that is contrived but satisfying. Released just days after the introduction of the new Production Code at the beginning of July 1934, it still retains the cheerful amorality and social conscience of that lost era, with the profession of the faded but still gorgeous Lila Lee being immediately obvious.

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Release Date:

5 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Vault See more »

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| (TV) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Cineglow System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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