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Escape to Glory
Alternate Title: Passage West
Director: John Brahm (Dir)
Release Date:   28 Nov 1940
Production Date:   19 Aug--23 Sep 1940
Duration (in mins):   73
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Cast:   Pat O'Brien (Mike Farrough)  
    Constance Bennett (Christine Blaine)  
    John Halliday (John Morgan)  
    Melville Cooper (Penney)  
    Alan Baxter (Larry Perrin)  
    Edgar Buchanan (Charles Atterbee)  
    Marjorie Gateson (Mrs. Winslow)  
    Francis Pierlot (Professor Mudge)  
    Jessie Busley (Mrs. Mudge)  
    Stanley Logan (Captain Hollister)  
    Frank Sully (Tommy Malone)  
    Erwin Kalser (Dr. Behrens)  
    Don Beddoe (Chief engineer)  
    Leslie Denison (First mate)  
    Bruce Bennett (Lieutenant)  
    Dick Rich (Harry)  
    Olaf Hytten (Agent)  
    Frank Baker (Detective)  
    Arthur Mulliner (Detective)  
    Frank Benson (Sailor)  
    Dave Dunbar (Sailor)  
    James Kilgannon (Sailor)  
    Bobby Hale (Sailor)  
    Rex Post (First mate)  
    Douglas Gordon (Lookout)  
    Hans Schumm (Submarine commander)  
    Norbert Schiller (Submarine first officer)  
    Franz Von Altenberger (Submarine radio operator)  
    Fred Wolff (German sailor)  
    Hans Von Morhart (German sailor)  
    Paul Michael (German sailor)  
    Arno Frey (Submarine gunner)  
    James Flatley (Double for "John Morgan")  
    John Kascier (Double for "Professor Mudge")  
    Steve Benton (Double for "Charles Atterbee")  
    Kay Smith (Double for "Christine Blaine")  
    Crete Sipple (Double for "Mrs. Mudge")  
    Ione Reed (Double for "Mrs. Winslow")  
    Wyndham Standing    

Summary: Amid rumors of war in Europe, a group of Americans rush homeward aboard a British freighter. On board are Mike Farrough, an American soldier of fortune; John Morgan, a district attorney who has put his office at the service of gangsters; Christine Blaine, Morgan's secretary and sweetheart; Larry Perrin, a fugitive murderer trailing Morgan to avenge a double-cross; Professor and Mrs. Mudge, an elderly couple; and Dr. Behrens, a German doctor. One day out of Liverpool, war is declared, and soon after, the freighter is halted to take on guns. When a German submarine appears, Farrough mans a gun and cripples the U-boat's periscope. Dr. Behrens, torn between ethics and his love for his fatherland, sends signals to the submarine with a shortwave transmitter. As the submarine tracks its prey, Perrin watches for his chance to kill Morgan, while Farrough and Christine fall in love. Discovering that the doctor has been signaling the submarine, Farrough places the transmitter aboard a small boat loaded with depth charges. To decoy the submarine away from the freighter, Perrin volunteers to pilot the boat in a suicide mission, and forces Morgan to accompany him. When the submarine attacks the decoy, the depth charges explode, sinking the sub and saving the freighter at the cost of Morgan's and Perris' lives. 

Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures Corp.  
Director: John Brahm (Dir)
  C. C. Coleman (Asst dir)
Producer: Samuel Bischoff (Prod)
Writer: P. J. Wolfson (Scr)
  Sidney Biddell (Story)
  Fredric Frank (Story)
Photography: Franz Planer (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Lionel Banks (Art dir)
Film Editor: Al Clark (Film ed)
Costumes: Irene (Miss Bennett's gowns)
Music: M. W. Stoloff (Mus dir)
Sound: Lodge Cunningham (Sd eng)
Stand In: Bert Kennedy (Stand-in for Pat O'Brien)
  Kay Smith (Stand-in for Constance Bennett)
  Thor Liljiucrantz (Stand-in for Alan Baxter)
  Casey Whitney (Stand-in for Stanley Logan)
  Joe Murphy (Stand-in for Melville Cooper)
  James Flatley (Stand-in for John Halliday)
  Ida Schumaker (Stand-in for Jessie Busley)
  Frances Gehraty (Stand-in for Marjorie Gateson)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. 14/10/1940 dd/mm/yyyy LP10237

PCA NO: 6656
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Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: World War II
 
Subjects (Major): Freighters
  Revenge
  Soldiers of fortune
  Submarine boats
  World War II
 
Subjects (Minor): Americans in foreign countries
  Betrayal
  District attorneys
  Explosions
  Fugitives
  Gangsters
  German Americans
  Germany. Navy
  Liverpool (England)
  Murder
  Patriotism
  Physicians
  Professors
  Romance
  Secretaries
  Self-sacrifice

Note: The working titles of this film were Passage West and Submarine Zone

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   19 Nov 40   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   23 Aug 40   pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter   19 Nov 40   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald   23 Nov 40   p. 45.
New York Times   7 Apr 40   p. 3.
Variety   20 Nov 40   p. 16.

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