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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.


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 (3)

The film effectively proves the following: (1) Conrad Veidt is one of the world's finest actors; (2) Robert Taylor is industriously learning how to act.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

The picture is of a convincing realism. [Full review in Spanish]

September 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Glossy and sentimental Holocaust story.

January 18, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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.

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