You Can't Escape Forever (1942)

77 mins | Drama | 10 October 1942

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HISTORY

The film's working title was You Can't Escape Romance . According to a 10 Jun 1942 HR news item, director of photography James Van Trees substituted for Tony Gaudio while the latter was sick with the flu. According to an undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, Jane Wyman was to star with George Brent. Roy Chanslor's story was the basis of two earlier Warner Bros. films: the 1934 Hi Nellie! , starring Paul Muni and directed by Mervyn Le Roy, and the 1937 Love Is on the Air , starring Ronald Reagan and directed by Nick Grinde (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1895 and F3.2605). In 1949, Warner Bros. again filmed the story as The House Across the Street (see ... More Less

The film's working title was You Can't Escape Romance . According to a 10 Jun 1942 HR news item, director of photography James Van Trees substituted for Tony Gaudio while the latter was sick with the flu. According to an undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, Jane Wyman was to star with George Brent. Roy Chanslor's story was the basis of two earlier Warner Bros. films: the 1934 Hi Nellie! , starring Paul Muni and directed by Mervyn Le Roy, and the 1937 Love Is on the Air , starring Ronald Reagan and directed by Nick Grinde (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1895 and F3.2605). In 1949, Warner Bros. again filmed the story as The House Across the Street (see above). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
19 Sep 1942.
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Daily Variety
21 Sep 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
21 Sep 42
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jun 42
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Sep 42
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Sep 42
p. 921.
New York Times
17 Oct 42
p. 11.
Variety
23 Sep 42
p. 8.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Edward Ciannelli
Joe Crehan
Paul Newlan
Pat McVeigh
Billy Newell
Milt Kibbee
Bill Hopper
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Dial dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
You Can't Escape Romance
Release Date:
10 October 1942
Production Date:
25 May--early July 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 October 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11628
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,974
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When reporter Laurie Abbott faints during an execution and phones in an invented story, she is assigned to write the newspaper's "advice to the lovelorn" column as punishment. When she objects, editor Steve Mitchell suggests that she quit and marry him instead. Laurie's stint as a columnist does not last long, however, as she is soon replaced by Mitch when he fails in his attempt to link racketeer Boss Greer with the suspicious death of Matthew Crowder. Goaded by Laurie, Mitch turns the column into the most popular part of the paper. One day, avid reader Kirsty Lundstrom demands to speak in person to the column's writer. Laurie, pretending to be the writer, learns that Kirsty met a man at the Lonesome Club, who later got into trouble with some "big shots" and died. Mitch remembers that Crowder also met his wife at the Lonesome Club, and he and Laurie, together with photographer "Mac" McTurk, decide to investigate. The three arrive at the club in time to see a wedding. Afterward, Mitch obtains a book containing the names of all the people married at the club from the judge who performed the ceremony, and Laurie observes some of Greer's men loading a truck with tires. When Carl Robelink, the owner of the club and Greer's brother-in-law, becomes suspicious, Mitch and Mac start a fight, and the three escape in the confusion. Later, Laurie learns that Robelink has a manuscript written by Crowder, which apparently implicates Greer in graft. At Greer's club, Mitch overhears Robelink and Greer quarrel, and after Greer leaves the room, Mitch offers Robelink protection against Greer if he ... +


When reporter Laurie Abbott faints during an execution and phones in an invented story, she is assigned to write the newspaper's "advice to the lovelorn" column as punishment. When she objects, editor Steve Mitchell suggests that she quit and marry him instead. Laurie's stint as a columnist does not last long, however, as she is soon replaced by Mitch when he fails in his attempt to link racketeer Boss Greer with the suspicious death of Matthew Crowder. Goaded by Laurie, Mitch turns the column into the most popular part of the paper. One day, avid reader Kirsty Lundstrom demands to speak in person to the column's writer. Laurie, pretending to be the writer, learns that Kirsty met a man at the Lonesome Club, who later got into trouble with some "big shots" and died. Mitch remembers that Crowder also met his wife at the Lonesome Club, and he and Laurie, together with photographer "Mac" McTurk, decide to investigate. The three arrive at the club in time to see a wedding. Afterward, Mitch obtains a book containing the names of all the people married at the club from the judge who performed the ceremony, and Laurie observes some of Greer's men loading a truck with tires. When Carl Robelink, the owner of the club and Greer's brother-in-law, becomes suspicious, Mitch and Mac start a fight, and the three escape in the confusion. Later, Laurie learns that Robelink has a manuscript written by Crowder, which apparently implicates Greer in graft. At Greer's club, Mitch overhears Robelink and Greer quarrel, and after Greer leaves the room, Mitch offers Robelink protection against Greer if he will reveal where he has hidden Crowder's manuscript. After they learn that the manuscript is in Crowder's coffin, Mitch, Mac and Laurie hurry to the cemetery, followed by Greer and his men. At the cemetery, Mitch finds the manuscript minutes before Greer arrives and escapes with Laurie and Mac. The manuscript provides evidence of Greer's profiteering activities and, as Mitch breaks the story, Greer is arrested by soldiers. A new writer is assigned to the lovelorn column, and Laurie agrees to marry Mitch if she does not have to give up her career. Mitch simply winks in response. +

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