Escape (1930 film)

Escape is a 1930 British crime film directed by Basil Dean and starring Gerald du Maurier, Edna Best and Gordon Harker.[1] It was based on a 1926 play of the same title by John Galsworthy, which was adapted again as a film in 1948.[2]

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Directed byBasil Dean
Produced byBasil Dean
Written byJohn Galsworthy (play)
Basil Dean
StarringGerald du Maurier
Edna Best
Gordon Harker
Madeleine Carroll
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyJack MacKenzie
Edited byJack Kitchin
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • 28 August 1930 (1930-08-28) (London [press screening], UK)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


It was the first film released by Associated Talking Pictures, a British company with ties to the Hollywood studio RKO, which later relocated and became Ealing Studios. The film was made at Beaconsfield Studios which had been recently equipped for making sound films. The film's sets were designed by Clifford Pember.[3]


A man escapes from Dartmoor Prison and is hunted across the moors by policemen to whom it is an unpleasant reminder of their experiences during the First World War.[4]



  1. ^ "Escape (1930) - Basil Dean - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). "The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film". Walter de Gruyter – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Clifford Pember".
  4. ^ "Escape (1931)". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Phyllis Konstam". Initiatives of Change UK. Retrieved 2 March 2020.

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