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Escapade(1935)

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Working titles for this film were Masquerade, You're All I Need and Gentlemen Never Tell. The following sentence appeared onscreen following the opening credits: "The voice of the immortal [Enrico] Caruso recorded on Victor records." According to Hollywood Reporter pre-production news items, M-G-M paid $100,000 for the American rights to the Austrian film Maskerade and originally intended to produce it as a Helen Hayes vehicle. Hayes was replaced by Myrna Loy in March 1935, but two weeks after Escapade went into production, Hollywood Reporter reported that Loy and M-G-M were arguing over her "contractual status." Loy stated that she "felt herself miscast," and after a dispute with the studio, she was released from the production at her own request. The New York Times reported that Loy felt that her role of the "sobbing and giggling girl" did not suit her, and refused to continue. Loy was immediately replaced by Austrian actress Luise Rainer, who made her Hollywood debut in the film. Hollywood Reporter pre-release news items and production charts list actors Lucile Watson, Scotty Matthews, Claudelle Kaye, Edwards Davis, Antoinette Lees and Lorraine Bridges in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.
       According to information contained in the file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA urged that care be taken in dealing with "the situation of a wife who poses in a somewhat scanty costume, without her husband's knowledge." The PCA file also indicates that the Belgian censors approved the film only for adult audiences, and stated that "the conjugal and extra-conjugal relations are not suitable for children." In addition, censors in Australia, Vienna, Quebec, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Ontario and Japan eliminated a shot of a corset and other women's clothes strewn about a room. Japan also deleted a shot of doors featuring a decoration resembling the Japanese Imperial Chrysanthemum. Many censors also eliminated the line of dialogue: "A woman in that condition should be seen by two men only; her husband and her doctor, and I am both."
       A December 1935 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that M-G-M purchased the rights to the Austrian film Episode, the sequel to Maskerade, and planned to remake it either in Hollywood or in London under Ben Goetz's supervision. M-G-M never produced Episode, but Warner Bros. made it in 1940 under the title My Love Came Back (see below).