Escape (1930)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Prison Film  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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In this early talkie, Capt. Matt Denant (Gerald du Maurier) is a former war hero who intervenes when he sees a crooked detective threatening a woman on the street. Denant and the detective soon fall into a brawl, and the detective is accidentally killed. Sentenced to five years in prison at hard labor, Denant finds that he cannot stand the indignities of life behind bars and escapes. A number of friends and compassionate strangers help him hide from the law, but when Denant goes into hiding in a church, he puts the pastor in the difficult position of having to lie about him in order to protect his safety. Escape was the first production for RKO Radio Pictures' British branch; leading man Gerald du Maurier is the father of famed novelist Daphne du Maurier.

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prison, accident, bishop, captive, captor, capture, church, conflict, courage, detective, escape, escaped-convict, hard-labor, help, hidden, lawyer, murder, prison-escape, sentence [penal system], shelter, street, surrender