Escapade (1955 film)

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Directed by Philip Leacock
Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart
Based on Escapade by Roger MacDougall
Produced by Daniel M. Angel
Hannah Weinstein
Starring John Mills
Yvonne Mitchell
Alastair Sim
Cinematography Eric Cross
Edited byJohn Trumper
Music by Bruce Montgomery
Pinnacle Productions
Distributed by Eros Films
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
  • 4 August 1955 (1955-08-04)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Escapade is a 1955 British comedy drama film directed by Philip Leacock and starring John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell and Alastair Sim. [1] It was based on a long-running West End play of the same name by Roger MacDougall. [2]


The film was produced at the Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. [3] The film's sets were designed by the art director Bernard Robinson.

Plot summary

A husband and father has become so preoccupied with a political cause that it leads him to neglect his familial responsibilities, leading to his children running away from home.


Critical reception

In The New York Times , Bosley Crowther panned the film, writing, "It is a curiously notional and impractical expostulation against war, obviously well-intended but as humorless as a labored gag". [4] Leonard Maltin, on the other hand, gave it three out of four stars, calling it an "Ambitious, insightful, solidly acted drama about the cynicism and hypocrisy of adults and the idealism of youth." [5] TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it, " okay comedy with a message, but the play was better." [6]

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