Escapade (1955 film)

Escapade is a 1955 British comedy drama film directed by Philip Leacock and starring John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell and Alastair Sim.[1] It was based on a long-running West End play of the same name by Roger MacDougall.[2]

Original British quad poster
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Produced byDaniel M. Angel
Hannah Weinstein
Screenplay byDonald Ogden Stewart
Based onthe play Escapade by Roger MacDougall
StarringJohn Mills
Yvonne Mitchell
Alastair Sim
Music byBruce Montgomery
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byJohn Trumper
Angel Productions
Pinnacle Entertainment
Distributed byDistributors Corporation of America
Eros Films UK
Release date
  • 5 August 1957 (1957-08-05)
Running time
87 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summary

A husband and father has become so preoccupied with a political cause that it leads him to neglect his familial responsibilities, leading to his children running away from home.



The film was produced at Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames, in Surrey.[3]

Critical reception

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther panned the film, writing, "It is a curiously notional and impractical expostulation against war, obviously well-intended but as humorless as a labored gag".[4] Leonard Maltin, on the other hand, gave it three out of four stars, calling it an "Ambitious, insightful, solidly acted drama about the cynicism and hypocrisy of adults and the idealism of youth."[5] TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it, " okay comedy with a message, but the play was better."[6]



  • Shaw, Tony. British Cinema and the Cold War: The State, Propaganda and Consensus. I.B. Tauris & Co, 2001.
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