“Escape,” an exciting World War II-era anti-isolationist thriller and romance, was released to great acclaim nearly 70 years ago, but for years has been difficult to get a hold of. Fortunately, the film, which anticipated “Casablanca,” snuck quietly onto DVD last April.
In “Escape,” a naive American (Robert Taylor) travels to a country — never explicitly named as Germany — in search of his mother (Alla Nazimova), who has mysteriously disappeared. He soon learns that she is in a concentration camp awaiting execution. To rescue her, he enlists the help of an American-born countess (Norma Shearer). A frantic race against the clock in an atmosphere of indifference, hostility and dread ensues.
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