Escape Me Never (1947)

101 or 103-104 mins | Melodrama, Romance | 22 November 1947

Director:

Peter Godfrey

Producer:

Henry Blanke

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Production Designer:

Carl Jules Weyl

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a 12 Nov 1945 HR news item, this film was the first Warner Bros. picture to be completed after a strike shut down production. An undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced that Lenore Coffee was to write the screenplay. Margaret Kennedy's play was the basis for the 1935 British film Escape Me Never released in the United States by United Artists. It starred Elisabeth Bergner and Hugh Sinclair and was directed by Paul Czinner (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

According to a 12 Nov 1945 HR news item, this film was the first Warner Bros. picture to be completed after a strike shut down production. An undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library announced that Lenore Coffee was to write the screenplay. Margaret Kennedy's play was the basis for the 1935 British film Escape Me Never released in the United States by United Artists. It starred Elisabeth Bergner and Hugh Sinclair and was directed by Paul Czinner (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.5331). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
8 Nov 1947.
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Film Daily
28 Oct 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Nov 45
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jan 46
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Oct 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
2 Feb 46
p. 51.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Nov 1947.
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New York Times
8 Nov 47
p. 11.
Variety
5 Nov 47
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ballet cos by
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Spec opt eff
Matte paintings
Matte paintings
DANCE
Ballet seq staged and dir by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
STAND INS
Double for Albert Basserman
Singing voice double for Ida Lupino
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Fool of the Family: Continuing the Story of Sanger's Circus from The Constant Nymph (New York, 1930) by Margaret Kennedy and her play Escape Me Never (New York, 21 Jan 1935).
SONGS
"Give Me Love for Love" words and music by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Aldo Franchetti and Ted Koehler.
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 November 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 7 November 1947
Production Date:
12 November 1945--late January 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 November 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1305
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
101 or 103-104
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Venice in 1900, the romance between aspiring composer Caryl Dubrok and wealthy Fenella MacLean is abruptly ended by her parents when they mistakenly conclude that Caryl shares a room with young widow Gemma Smith and her baby Piccolo. After Fenella's parents rush her off to the Dolomites, a distraught Caryl learns that Gemma actually lives with his brother Sebastian, who took in the young mother and the baby. When Sebastian learns about the misunderstanding, he insists that they go after Fenella and explain the facts. At first, Sebastian plans to leave Gemma and Piccolo behind, but when she suggests that she may accept a marriage proposal from a neighboring baker, Sebastian agrees to include her in the party. The four set off on foot, singing for money. Sebastian is also a composer, but is waiting for something or someone to inspire his efforts. One evening, when Sebastian and Gemma perform without Caryl, who has injured his foot, Sebastian is drawn to a beautiful woman, not knowing she is Fenella. Sending Gemma home, Sebastian remains behind to flirt with Fenella, and is inspired to compose a melody that he will use as the basis for a ballet. The following day, when Gemma goes to the hotel to collect their pay, she learns Fenella is staying there and explains the mixup. Fenella is so upset at learning that Sebastian is Caryl's brother that Gemma quickly arranges to leave with Sebastian. Gemma and Sebastian marry and move to London, where he continues to work on his ballet. The MacLeans also return to London, followed by Caryl, who takes a job as a music ... +


In Venice in 1900, the romance between aspiring composer Caryl Dubrok and wealthy Fenella MacLean is abruptly ended by her parents when they mistakenly conclude that Caryl shares a room with young widow Gemma Smith and her baby Piccolo. After Fenella's parents rush her off to the Dolomites, a distraught Caryl learns that Gemma actually lives with his brother Sebastian, who took in the young mother and the baby. When Sebastian learns about the misunderstanding, he insists that they go after Fenella and explain the facts. At first, Sebastian plans to leave Gemma and Piccolo behind, but when she suggests that she may accept a marriage proposal from a neighboring baker, Sebastian agrees to include her in the party. The four set off on foot, singing for money. Sebastian is also a composer, but is waiting for something or someone to inspire his efforts. One evening, when Sebastian and Gemma perform without Caryl, who has injured his foot, Sebastian is drawn to a beautiful woman, not knowing she is Fenella. Sending Gemma home, Sebastian remains behind to flirt with Fenella, and is inspired to compose a melody that he will use as the basis for a ballet. The following day, when Gemma goes to the hotel to collect their pay, she learns Fenella is staying there and explains the mixup. Fenella is so upset at learning that Sebastian is Caryl's brother that Gemma quickly arranges to leave with Sebastian. Gemma and Sebastian marry and move to London, where he continues to work on his ballet. The MacLeans also return to London, followed by Caryl, who takes a job as a music agent and becomes engaged to Fenella. After Sebastian finishes his composition, Fenella arranges for a performance. The music is well-received, and Fenella and Sebastian renew their relationship. One day, in the midst of rehearsals for the ballet, Piccolo becomes very ill, but Sebastian refuses to leave rehearsals to accompany Gemma to the hospital. Later, Fenella tells Sebastian that she has broken her engagement to Caryl and suggests that they take a brief vacation at her family's home in the country. While Fenella and Sebastian are in the country, Piccolo dies, and Gemma disappears. On his return to London, Sebastian realizes how much Gemma means to him, and rewrites the ballet in her honor. Gemma attends the first performance and is reconciled with Sebastian. +

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