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 panned the film, writing, "It is a curiously notional and impractical expostulation against war, obviously well-intended but as humorless as a labored gag". 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." 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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