Port of Escape

Port of Escape is a 1956 British thriller film directed by Tony Young and starring Googie Withers, John McCallum, Bill Kerr and Joan Hickson.[2]

Port of Escape
Australian daybill poster
Directed byTony Young
Produced byLance Comfort
Screenplay byBarbara S. Harper
Tony Young
Abby Mann (additional scenes)
Based onshort story Safe Harbour by Barbara S. Harper[1]
StarringGoogie Withers
John McCallum
Bill Kerr
Joan Hickson
Music byBretton Byrd
CinematographyPhil Grindrod
Edited byPeter Pitt
Wellington Films
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • May 1956 (1956-05) (UK)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Two sailors, one Australian and one American, are kicked off their ship when it docks in London and are involved in a fight outside a dockside bar leading to a man's death. They go on the run and hide on a barge that belongs to three women. The two men plan to travel to Missouri, the home state of the American, but not all goes to plan.


Hugh Pryse died in 1955, nine months before the film's release.[3]

Critical reception

The Radio Times gave the film three out of five stars, and noted "The skilled performances of John McCallum and Googie Withers and an atmospheric treatment of the London Docks setting give this modest melodrama a considerable lift...An obscure director, Anthony Young, lets the pace slacken occasionally, but overall this is an intelligent and offbeat work that deserves to be better known and probably owes much to its producer, Lance Comfort, an able director in his own right."[4]


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