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Escape Me Never is a 1935 British drama film directed by Paul Czinner, produced by Herbert Wilcox, and starring Elisabeth Bergner, Hugh Sinclair and Griffith Jones.[3][4] The film is an adaptation of the play Escape Me Never by Margaret Kennedy; a later adaptation was the 1947 Warner Bros. version. The score is by William Walton. Bergner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, but lost out to Bette Davis. British readers of Film Weekly magazine voted the 1935 Best Performance category in a British movie to her.[5]

Escape Me Never
Escape Me Never (1935 film).jpg
Directed byPaul Czinner
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Screenplay byRobert Cullen
Carl Zuckmayer[1] or Carl Mayer[2]
Based onEscape Me Never
1935 play and
The Fool of the Family
1930 novel
by Margaret Kennedy
StarringElisabeth Bergner
Hugh Sinclair
Griffith Jones
Penelope Dudley-Ward
Music byWilliam Walton
CinematographySepp Allgeier
Georges Périnal
Freddie Young
Edited byDavid Lean
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
1 April 1935
Running time
102 minutes / USA: 95 min
CountryUnited Kingdom


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It was the 19th most popular film at the British box office in 1935/36.[6] Wilcox was surprised by its success – it outgrossed his more "commercial" films.[7]


  1. ^ Filmografie, Carl Zuckmayer Gesellschaft (in German)
  2. ^ Escape Me Never at the American Film Institute Catalog
  3. ^ Andre Sennwald (24 May 1935). "Escape Me Never (1935) The Radio City Music Hall Presents Miss Bergner in the Film Version of Escape Me Never". The New York Times.
  4. ^ BFI Database entry
  5. ^ "Best Film Performance Last Year". The Examiner. Launceston, Tasmania: National Library of Australia. 9 July 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  6. ^ "The Film Business in the United States and Britain during the 1930s" by John Sedgwick and Michael Pokorny, The Economic History Review New Series, Vol. 58, No. 1 (February 2005), p. 97
  7. ^ Wilcox, Herbert (1967). Twenty Five Thousand Sunsets. South Brunswick. p. 93.

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