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Escape in the Desert (1945)

A DUTCH FLIER HITCHHIKING HIS WAY TO THE WEST COAST, TO JOIN HIS SQUADRON, STOPS AT A LONELY DESERT DINER. SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL, A GROUP OF NAZI'S TURN UP, HAVING ESCAPED FROM A P.O.W CAMP,

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Edward A. Blatt

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Thomas Job (screen play), Marvin Borowsky (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Sullivan ... Jane
Philip Dorn ... Philip Artveld
Irene Manning ... Lora Tedder
Helmut Dantine ... Capt. Becker
Alan Hale ... Dr. Orville Tedder
Samuel S. Hinds ... Gramp
Bill Kennedy ... Hank Albright
Kurt Kreuger ... Lt. Von Kleist
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Hoffman
Hans Schumm ... Klaus
Blayney Lewis Blayney Lewis ... Danny
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A DUTCH FLIER HITCHHIKING HIS WAY TO THE WEST COAST, TO JOIN HIS SQUADRON, STOPS AT A LONELY DESERT DINER. SHORTLY AFTER HIS ARRIVAL, A GROUP OF NAZI'S TURN UP, HAVING ESCAPED FROM A P.O.W CAMP,

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Areias Escaldantes See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Monday 27 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Indianapolis Sunday 14 October 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Miami Tuesday 23 October 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4), in San Francisco Monday 29 October 1956 on KRON (Channel 4), in Boston Monday 5 November 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Buffalo Friday 28 December 1956 on WBEN (Channel 4), and in Bellingham WA Saturday 29 December 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

When the four Nazi escaped prisoners show up, three of them wear overalls with big letters of PW on their backs. Actor Kurt Kreuger is wearing a military uniform which would never have been allowed. All prisoners would have either PW or POW on their backs. See more »

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Version of Der versteinerte Wald (1957) See more »

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Releasing 'Escape In the Desert' Had Merit!
19 May 2017 | by airearthfireSee all my reviews

This 'B Picture' does seem to be an unnecessary re-make of Petrified Forest (1936), but appearing in the lead roles was an opportunity to recognize the contributions of two European Expatriates. Philip Dorn from the Netherlands had previously featured in characters roles for WWII flicks Escape (1940), Underground (1941), Reunion In France (1942), Paris After Dark (1943) & Passage to Marseille (1944), while Helmut Dantine of Vienna had previously featured in character roles for WWII flicks Edge of Darkness & Northern Pursuit (Both 1943), Passage to Marseille (1944) and Hotel Berlin (1945). Co-Star Samuel S. Hines had appeared in nearly 200 motion pictures by this point in his career, but very few films held him in a role where he was such an integral part of the plot as he is as 'Gramp'.

Armchair cynics shouldn't criticize the timing of this film's release in relation to the state of National Socialism Affairs in Europe. It's clear, the scriptwriters correctly anticipated the pending dispatch of the Nazis on May 07, 1945, but the purpose of the film was to reflect on the fact that the outcome of the on-going conflict in the Pacific had yet to be played out. At the time this film was being made prior to its release on May 01, 1945, the atomic bombs hadn't yet been used, so the time-line on when the WWII would end in the Pacific could not be determined. To paraphrase this film's patriotic message - 'Our fight is not yet over, we must be vigilant and press on against the enemy!' And to this end, Japan was forced to surrender on August 15, 1945.


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