Escapade (1955 film)
Original British quad poster
|Directed by||Philip Leacock|
|Produced by||Daniel M. Angel
|Screenplay by||Donald Ogden Stewart|
|Based on||the play Escapade by Roger MacDougall|
|Music by||Bruce Montgomery|
|Edited by||John Trumper|
|Distributed by||Distributors Corporation of America
Eros Films UK
Escapade is a 1955 British comedy drama film directed by Philip Leacock and starring John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell and Alastair Sim. It was based on a long-running West End play of the same name by Roger MacDougall.
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.
- John Mills as John Hampden
- Yvonne Mitchell as Mrs. Stella Hampden
- Alastair Sim as Dr. Skillingworth
- Jeremy Spenser as L. W. Daventry
- Andrew Ray as Max Hampden
- Marie Lohr as Stella Hampden, Senior
- Colin Gordon as Deeson, Reporter
- Nick Edmett as Paton (as Nicky Edmett)
- Peter Asher as Johnny Hampden
- Christopher Ridley as Potter
- Sean Barrett as Warren
- Colin Freear as Richard 'Young Skilly' Skillingworth
- Kit Terrington as Smith
- Mark Dignam as Sykes
- James Drake as Kirkland
- Sonia Williams as Miss Betts
- John Rae as Curly
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"; 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"; and TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it, "...an okay comedy with a message, but the play was better."
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