Escape Route (film)

Escape Route is a 1952 British thriller film, directed by Seymour Friedman and Peter Graham Scott, and starring George Raft, Sally Gray and Clifford Evans.[1]

Escape Route
U.S. theatrical release poster
Directed bySeymour Friedman
Peter Graham Scott
Produced byRonald Kinnoch
Written byJohn Baines
Nicholas Phipps
StarringGeorge Raft
Sally Gray
Clifford Evans
Reginald Tate
Music byHans May
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byTom Simpson
Production
company
Banner Films
Distributed byEros Films (UK)
Lippert Pictures (US)
Release date
December 1952
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The film was known in the US as I'll Get You[2] (not to be confused with an earlier Raft film, I'll Get You for This).

Synopsis

An American, Steve Rossi, enters Britain by slipping past immigration at Heathrow Airport, leading to a national manhunt by the police. He is finally intercepted by Joan Miller, an MI5 agent, who takes him to her superiors. Rossi reveals himself to be an FBI agent posing as a nuclear scientist in an attempt to infiltrate a gang kidnapping western scientists and taking them across the Iron Curtain. His contact in London is a man named Michael Grand who has recently arranged the kidnap of an American. With MI5's assistance, Rossi monitors Grand and arranges a meeting with him. Growing increasingly suspicious of Rossi, Grand and his organisation make several attempts to kill him.

Cast

Production

It was made at Walton Studios and on location around London, mostly in the City of London, at a time when there was still much bomb damage from the Second World War.[3] American actress Coleen Gray was reported to have been cast opposite Raft, but the role was eventually played by the English star Sally Gray. It was one of several films made by British companies in connection with the low-budget American outfit Lippert Pictures, which distributed the film in the United States. It was made on a larger budget than most Lippert releases.

Reception

The Los Angeles Times said the film was "so mysterious" the filmmakers "almost succeeded in keeping the story to themselves."[4]

References

  1. Aaker p.152
  2. THRILLER ON TWO SCREENS. (1953, Apr 17). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/166473524
  3. "Film: Escape Route". Reel Streets. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. G, K. (1953, Apr 18). Film bill presented in varied dimensions. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/166428315

Bibliography

  • Aaker, Everett. George Raft: The Films. McFarland, 2013.


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