Escape in the Fog

Escape in the Fog is a 1945 American film noir crime film directed by Budd Boetticher (as Oscar Boetticher Jr.) and starring Otto Kruger, Nina Foch and William Wright.[1][2]

Escape in the Fog
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBudd Boetticher
(as Oscar Boetticher Jr.)
Produced byWallace MacDonald
Screenplay byAubrey Wisberg
StarringOtto Kruger
Nina Foch
William Wright
CinematographyGeorge Meehan
Edited byJerome Thoms
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 5, 1945 (1945-04-05)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States

Boetticher called it a "nothing" picture though he enjoyed working with Nina Foch and Otto Kruger.[3]


During World War II, a San Francisco nurse dreams of a murder and then meets the "victim" in real life. What she saw in the dream helps her in an effort to thwart enemy spies.



Critical response

Film critic Jeremy Arnold gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Although Wright and Foch have the most screen time, top billing goes to Otto Kruger, the immensely enjoyable character actor who specialized in charming, urbane villains. He's fine as always here but doesn't get much to do. William Wright was an unremarkable actor who appeared almost entirely in B movies in a 45-film career that spanned the 1940s."[4]


  1. Escape in the Fog at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. Axmaker, Sean (7 February 2006). "Ride Lonesome: The Career of Budd Boetticher". Senses of Cinema.
  3. Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.
  4. Arnold, Jeremy. Turner Classic Movies, film review. Last accessed: February 11, 2010.

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