Escapade (1955 film)

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Escapade (1955 film).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by Philip Leacock
Produced by Daniel M. Angel
Hannah Weinstein
Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart
Based on the play Escapade by Roger MacDougall
Starring John Mills
Yvonne Mitchell
Alastair Sim
Music by Bruce Montgomery
Cinematography Eric Cross
Edited by John Trumper
Angel Productions
Pinnacle Entertainment
Distributed by Distributors Corporation of America
Eros Films UK
Release date
  • 5 August 1957 (1957-08-05)
Running time
87 min.
Country United 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]

Plot summary[edit]

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.



The film was produced at Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames, in Surrey.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "DON'T let the presence of such cute fellows as John Mills and Alastair Sim in the British film, "Escapade," fool you. This quaintly moralistic little picture, which took over yesterday from the long-run "La Strada" at the Trans-Lux Fifty-second Street, is not a comedy. It is a curiously notional and impractical expostulation against war, obviously well-intended but as humorless as a labored gag...Played with an air of forthright mischief, this slap at adult muddling might be appropriately sardonic and amusing. But there's nothing mischievous in the stilted and self-conscious manner in which director Philip Leacock has put it on the screen. The dialogue is ponderous and the actors—especially the kids— spout it out as if they are preaching sermons. The effect is depressingly flat";[4] whereas Leonard Maltin gave the film 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. Stick with this";[5] and TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it, " okay comedy with a message, but the play was better."[6]



  • Shaw, Tony. British Cinema and the Cold War: The State, Propaganda and Consensus. I.B. Tauris & Co, 2001.

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