Escape Me Never, produced as a play [by Margaret Kennedy] in London and New York with the same star, is a well-produced film transcription of a story of moods and morbidity.

Escape Me Never, produced as a play [by Margaret Kennedy] in London and New York with the same star, is a well-produced film transcription of a story of moods and morbidity.

Locale includes Venice, where the picture opens, the mountains, and finally London. At the outset Elisabeth Bergner is fashioned as an impish waif of immoral caste, who instantly becomes likable in spite of her character background. Further on, by degrees, she loses a part of this charm and becomes a helpless mother and wife who is figuratively kicked around by her musician husband.

Two brothers figure in the supporting cast, played by Hugh Sinclair and Griffith Jones. Story makes the brothers unreal to some extent, at the same time also stretching logic of actions of Bergner and the other girl (Penelope Dudley-Ward). Latter is unbelievably smitten with one brother, then with the other, and, though appealed to by Bergner, as the latter’s wife, stolidly refuses to believe her second choice is married.

Some of the interiors tend to drabness, possibly to lend that touch to a depressing story.

1935: Nomination: Best Actress (Elisabeth Bergner)

Escape Me Never

UK

Production

British & Dominions/United Artists. Director Paul Czinner; Producer Herbert Wilcox, Dallas Bower; Screenplay Margaret Kennedy, R.J. Cullen; Camera Georges Perinal, Sepp Allgeier; Editor Merrill G. White, David Lean; Music William Walton; Art Director Andre Andrejev, Wilfred Arnold

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Elisabeth Bergner Hugh Sinclair Irene Vanbrugh Griffith Jones Penelope Dudley-Ward Lyn Harding
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