Escape Me Never – 1947

02 Jul

I was just curious how many have seen this film. I just watched it.

— Russ McClay


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  1. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Hi Russ;
    I have seen it several times as I have the movie.
    It has a great story, but the Costume Director or Designer must have been “Out for Lunch” during the entire movie. Nobody wears clothing like that in Italy, Switzerland, Germany or Austria not at any time, not even the poorest of people. Poor Ida Lupino, in that so called “Lederhosen” they put her into and Errol too, are such a horrible disgusting wardrobe that if they ever showed the movie in these countries people must have laughed themselves silly. The costumes were totally ridiculous. When I saw the movie the first time I couldn't believe my eyes and couldn't concentrate on the story, I was so upset. As I am from Austria I felt being insulted showing such a trash wardrobe. What I don't understand is why Ida and Errol did not object wearing these awful totally unauthentic clothes.
    What did you think about the movie?
    Take care,

  2. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 4:52 am

    I saw this when I was a mere girl and barely remember the story line. I think it was sad because a child dies. I need to see it again. I do know the musical score is fabulous as I listen to my CD all the time and Robert's YouTube is fantastic with the music from this movie.

  3. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hi Tina —
    I think you may be being a bit harsh on 40's American Hollywood. Their job then was pure entertainment; historical authenticity not so much, cf. the Hollywood stereotypical American Indians of the 50's.
    I enjoyed this film very much. I think in many ways Errol played a role he played in real life; that is maintaining multiple romantic interests. The story is pretty good, though it takes a bit of imagination to accept Flynn as a genius composer.
    Some stills from the movie:


  4. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Russ;
    Thank you so very much for these wonderful still pictures, they are really stunning. You maybe right, but I was so sorry in particular for Ida and Errol to wear these unfavorable costumes. As I said, I like the movie very much, the story is great it contains all the human emotions and the acting is superb – at least I think so. As always Errol portrays the comedy and the drama equally perfect.
    Have you ever seen “Hello God” and “The Big Boodle?” I can't find these two pictures anywhere,
    It is nice talking to you, take care,

  5. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Great to see the pictures, thanks. Eleanor Parker played opposite EF in several films–has she ever shared her opinion of EF? Just curious.

  6. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    “Hello God” has never been seen publically and its whereabouts are unknown.

  7. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Hi Robert;
    Good to hear from you again, don't become a stranger!
    I love your site on facebook, ever so informative.
    It is a great pity that “Hello God” vanished. I wonder why?
    I hope you are keeping well and things are going your way!

  8. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Found and downloaded the Big Boodle. Haven't watched it yet. As for Hello God. It seems it's not “out there”. At least in the places I usually look.

  9. Anonymous

    July 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Russ,
    Where did you find 'The Big Boodle'? I just need a copy of that film and I think two more and I have every Flynn film on DVD… so I'm eager to get hold of them. Any help would be appreciated.
    best wishes,

  10. Anonymous

    July 6, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Hi themainflynnman —
    I downloaded a poor VHS transfer from a private torrent club.
    Probably better to try and a good print of it; if there is one.

  11. Anonymous

    July 6, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hi Russ,
    I've been looking for a copy of the film for a long time with no luck. Would you be interested in maybe trading a copy of the DVD? As I mentioned I think there are only a handful of Flynn films that I haven't managed to track down on DVD – not all my copies are in the best condition but a bad copy is better than not having the film at all.
    Drop me an e-mail at…
    if you're interested.
    best wishes,

  12. Anonymous

    July 6, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    “Escape Me never” is an under-rated Errol Flynn film with intense dramatic performances by him, Ida Lupino, Gig Young, and Eleanor Parker.
    Flynn does not play the hero in this film, and when Gig Young's character beats the daylight out of Flynn's character for allowing his baby to die from neglect while he's out romancing Parker's upper crust character, I cheered.
    Tony Thomas noted in his book “The Films Of Errol Flynn” that Warner Brothers actually dug Venetian canals on the Warner backlot for the scenes that take place in Venice, so this was not a 'B' film by any stretch of the imagination.
    “The Big Boodle” has played on Turner Classic Movies in the USA, with a sparkling silver print.
    There are many rumors dealing with “Hello God” (1951). The latest one is that the last copies of the film were destroyed.
    Best Wishes
    Ralph Schiller