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Escape (1940)

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Based on a novel by Ethel Vance, Escape stars Robert Taylor as a young American, the son of a widowed European woman (Alla Nazimova). The mother has been imprisoned in a German concentration camp, compelling her son to ignore America's neutrality and attempt a rescue. Sneaking into German-occupied Europe, Taylor is befriended by a countess (Norma Shearer) who is the mistress of a Nazi general (Conrad Veidt). Taylor isn't certain of the countess' loyalties, but she proves herself by aiding in the rescue of the imprisoned woman. Escape is distinguished by a surprisingly subtle performance from Norma Shearer, though she gives in to her tendency to "ham" in her final denunciation of her Nazi paramour.

Cast

Alla Nazimova
as Emmy Ritter
Norma Shearer
as Countess Ruby von Treck
Robert Taylor
as Mark Preysing
Conrad Veidt
as General Kurt von Kolb
Felix Bressart
as Fritz Keller
Albert Basserman
as Dr. Arthur Henning
Philip Dorn
as Dr. Ditten
Edgar Barrier
as Commissioner
Elsa Basserman
as Frau Henning
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Critic Reviews for Escape

All Critics (1)

Glossy and sentimental Holocaust story.

Full Review… | January 18, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Escape

A fine overlooked film one of Norma Shearer's last and best. Studio bound but still an interesting story. Bonita Granville plays her part as a vicious and evil little viper well.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

underated, has a casablanca feel to it, was made before it though, and very suspenseful. involves strict nazi germany.

omar mirza
omar mirza

Norma Shearer's short screentime is really the only reason to watch this movie. Robert Taylor's performance is disappointing, and the plot isn't very engaging.

Amber Benson
Amber Benson

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