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I Escaped from the Gestapo (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery | 14 May 1943 (USA)
A forger is forced to work for a Nazi spy ring. His conscience gets the better of him, though, and he secretly conspires with the FBI to turn over the gang.

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Harold Young

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Henry Blankfort (original story), Henry Blankfort (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dean Jagger ... Torgut Lane
John Carradine ... Fritz Martin - Gestapo Agent
Mary Brian ... Helen
William Henry ... Gordon - Gestapo Agent (as Bill Henry)
Sidney Blackmer ... Bergen
Ian Keith ... Gerard
Anthony Warde ... Lokin (as Anthony Ward)
Edward Keane ... Domack - Head of Gestapo Gang
William Marshall ... Lunt (as Billy Marshall)
Norman Willis ... FBI Chief Rodt
Peter Dunne Peter Dunne ... Olin
George 'Spanky' McFarland ... Billy (as Spanky McFarland)
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Hart (as Charles Waggenheim)
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A forger is forced to work for a Nazi spy ring. His conscience gets the better of him, though, and he secretly conspires with the FBI to turn over the gang.

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Drama | Mystery

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Escape See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Despite its title, the movie takes place in California, not Germany. See more »

Quotes

Bergen: You're cracked.
Torgen Lane: So's the Liberty Bell but it'll still be here after you rats are dead and buried.
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Referenced in Frances (1982) See more »

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Dean Jagger and John Carradine
19 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1943's "I Escaped from the Gestapo" was also issued under the more accurate title "No Escape," as the audience is left to feel just as trapped as Torgut Lane (Dean Jagger), confined in a small, windowless room in the back of a Los Angeles arcade run by Nazi agent Martin (John Carradine). This being a typical Poverty Row production from Monogram, we get a montage of stock footage depicting Lane's well-orchestrated prison break, so that he can use his counterfeiting skills forging bonds and passports on behalf of the Third Reich. Jagger never seems to be too worried about his predicament, and Carradine pretty much gives the same kind of detached performance he usually gave at Monogram ("Revenge of the Zombies," "Return of the Ape Man," "Voodoo Man," "Alaska," "The Face of Marble"). Carradine even lets loose with a mighty yawn in front of Jagger, and neither actor flinched (much). Among the stellar supporting cast we have, in one of her last roles, Mary Brian, best remembered as W. C. Fields' daughter in "Running Wild," "Two Flaming Youths," and "Man on the Flying Trapeze"; Sidney Blackmer and Ian Keith, very adept at playing villains (Carradine even named one of his sons after Keith); Spanky McFarland, at 14 not much taller than one would expect; and one single shot of Frances Farmer, originally cast in the Mary Brian role, who only returned to Hollywood in 1958. John Carradine and Dean Jagger saw a great deal of each other over a span of 32 years: "Brigham Young" (from 1940), "Western Union," "Alaska," "C-Man," "The Proud Rebel," and a memorable confrontation between Carradine's blind preacher and Jagger's bigoted stonemason, Caine's grandfather, in KUNG FU's "Dark Angel" (from 1972).


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