You Can't Escape Forever


1h 17m 1942
You Can't Escape Forever

Brief Synopsis

Although she's been demoted to writing the advice column, a newspaper woman still tries to expose a racketeer.

Film Details

Also Known As
You Can't Escape Romance
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Oct 10, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,974ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

When reporter Laurie Abbott faints during an execution and phones in an invented story, she is assigned to write the newspaper's "advice to the lovelorn" column as punishment. When she objects, editor Steve Mitchell suggests that she quit and marry him instead. Laurie's stint as a columnist does not last long, however, as she is soon replaced by Mitch when he fails in his attempt to link racketeer Boss Greer with the suspicious death of Matthew Crowder. Goaded by Laurie, Mitch turns the column into the most popular part of the paper. One day, avid reader Kirsty Lundstrom demands to speak in person to the column's writer. Laurie, pretending to be the writer, learns that Kirsty met a man at the Lonesome Club, who later got into trouble with some "big shots" and died. Mitch remembers that Crowder also met his wife at the Lonesome Club, and he and Laurie, together with photographer "Mac" McTurk, decide to investigate. The three arrive at the club in time to see a wedding. Afterward, Mitch obtains a book containing the names of all the people married at the club from the judge who performed the ceremony, and Laurie observes some of Greer's men loading a truck with tires. When Carl Robelink, the owner of the club and Greer's brother-in-law, becomes suspicious, Mitch and Mac start a fight, and the three escape in the confusion. Later, Laurie learns that Robelink has a manuscript written by Crowder, which apparently implicates Greer in graft. At Greer's club, Mitch overhears Robelink and Greer quarrel, and after Greer leaves the room, Mitch offers Robelink protection against Greer if he will reveal where he has hidden Crowder's manuscript. After they learn that the manuscript is in Crowder's coffin, Mitch, Mac and Laurie hurry to the cemetery, followed by Greer and his men. At the cemetery, Mitch finds the manuscript minutes before Greer arrives and escapes with Laurie and Mac. The manuscript provides evidence of Greer's profiteering activities and, as Mitch breaks the story, Greer is arrested by soldiers. A new writer is assigned to the lovelorn column, and Laurie agrees to marry Mitch if she does not have to give up her career. Mitch simply winks in response.

Cast

George Brent

Steve Mitchell

Brenda Marshall

Laurie Abbott

Gene Lockhart

Carl Robelink

Roscoe Karns

"Mac" McTurk

Edward Ciannelli

Boss Greer

Paul Harvey

Major Turner

Edith Barrett

Madame Lucille

Harry Hayden

Judge Hardaker

Charles Halton

Charley Gates

Don Defore

Davis

Joseph Downing

Varney

George Meeker

Cummings

Erville Alderson

Mr. Crowder

Mary Field

Kirsty Lundstrom

Bill Edwards

Radcliffe

Dick Elliott

Meeker

Joe Crehan

Warden

Dick Wessel

Moxie

Paul Newlan

Louie

Creighton Hale

Sinnott

Cliff Saum

Cassidy

Bill Kennedy

Reporter

John Maxwell

Reporter

Pat Mcveigh

Reporter

Phil Tead

Reporter

Billy Newell

Reporter

John Dilson

Pop

Anthony Nace

Warden's assistant

Edward Mcwade

Jimmy

Tom Dugan

Trusty

Jean Ames

Telephone operator

Jimmy O'gatty

Stooge

Kay Deslys

Bridesmaid

Gertrude Mack

Bridesmaid

Marjorie Kane

Bridesmaid

Peggy Carson

Bride

Ernie Alexander

Bridegroom

Max Wagner

Bouncer

Florence Dudley

Mame

Leo White

Guard

Mike Gaddis

Male attendant

Elliott Sullivan

Mooch

Herberta Williams

Gracie

Jim Farley

Ticket seller

Charles Sullivan

Mug

Harry Tenbrook

Harry

Kenneth Harlan

Lieutenant

Milt Kibbee

Clerk

Frank Ferguson

Doc

Charles Mcavoy

Janitor

Jack Carr

No-Neck

Frank Richards

Scotty

Peggy Diggins

Hat check girl

Eddie Kane

Headwaiter

Bud Jamison

Bartender

Juanita Stark

Girl

Kathryn Keyes

Girl

Billy Wayne

Waiter

Fred Kelsey

Immel

Sam Mcdaniel

Doorman

Olin Howlin

Organist

Lee "lasses" White

Truck driver

Harvey Parry

Truck driver

Bill Hopper

Soldier

Eddie Hart

Sergeant

Harry Strang

M.P.

Charles Regan

Frank Mills

Vera Lewis

Lorna Dunn

Betty Mcmann

Merrilee Lannon

Film Details

Also Known As
You Can't Escape Romance
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Oct 10, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,974ft (8 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The film's working title was You Can't Escape Romance. According to a June 10, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, director of photography James Van Trees substituted for Tony Gaudio while the latter was sick with the flu. According to an undated press release included in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, Jane Wyman was to star with George Brent. Roy Chanslor's story was the basis of two earlier Warner Bros. films: the 1934 Hi Nellie!, starring Paul Muni and directed by Mervyn Le Roy, and the 1937 Love Is on the Air, starring Ronald Reagan and directed by Nick Grinde (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1895 and F3.2605). In 1949, Warner Bros. again filmed the story as The House Across the Street.