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Escape Me Never (1947)

It is Venice, 1900, and Fenella is engaged to composer Caryl Dubrok until she hears that an unmarried woman named Gemma and child is staying with a composer named Dubrok. So the engagement ... See full summary »


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Thames Williamson (screenplay), Margaret Kennedy (novel)


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Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Sebastian Dubrok
Ida Lupino ... Gemma Smith
Eleanor Parker ... Fenella MacLean
Gig Young ... Caryl Dubrok
Reginald Denny ... Mr. MacLean
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. MacLean
Albert Bassermann ... Professor Heinrich (as Albert Basserman)
Ludwig Stössel ... Mr. Steinach (as Ludwig Stossel)
Milada Mladova ... Natrova
George Zoritch ... The Dancer
Helene Thimig ... The Landlady
Frank Puglia ... The Guide
Frank Reicher ... The Minister


It is Venice, 1900, and Fenella is engaged to composer Caryl Dubrok until she hears that an unmarried woman named Gemma and child is staying with a composer named Dubrok. So the engagement is off and so is she for the mountains. There she meets and is intrigued by Sebastian, but she does not know that he is the composer that Gemma is staying with. When she learns about him, Gemma demands that she choose but Fenella cannot so Gemma and Sebastian leave to be married. They go to England to write his Ballet and Caryl and Fenella are re-engaged. But Fenella still loves the fun-loving Sebastian. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

18 December 1947 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

No me abandones See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last Hollywood film to feature a musical score composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. See more »


When Gemma walks back into the room after threatening to jump into the canal, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall above and behind her. See more »


Version of Escape Me Never (1935) See more »

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Errol Hits No High Notes
13 October 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After 1945 in which Errol Flynn appeared in typical roles for him in Operation Burma and San Antonio, he obviously must have talked to Jack Warner about getting parts that would broaden his range. He did three films over the next two year designed to do that, Never Say Goodbye, Cry Wolf, and Escape Me Never. The last is probably closest to Flynn, but all three didn't either get great critical notice or did outstanding box office. After Escape Me Never, Flynn was back in traditional action roles like Silver River and The Adventures of Don Juan, the kind of parts his fans like to see him in.

Escape Me Never is a four sided triangle story set in the years of the turn of the last century. Errol's a misunderstood genius of a composer who is living with a young widow, Ida Lupino and her baby. Ida's another Bohemian sort who broke into the villa in Venice of an English couple and their daughter. When she's confronted she mentions she's living with Errol. That sends a ripple through the house because daughter Eleanor Parker is engaged to Gig Young who is Errol's brother and they think Errol's a two timer. When she leaves Venice in a huff, Flynn, Lupino, and Young chase after her.

The problem is that the daughter may have been wrong on the particulars, but in fact Errol is a two timing cad, though a charming one.

Charm Flynn had in abundance, but I could never quite accept him as a musical genius. The best thing about the film is the music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold who wrote a ballet for the film that is the highlight. Korngold scored a lot of Flynn's early swashbucklers, most notably The Adventures Of Robin Hood.

This is the second version of this story, the British cinema did one in 1935 with Elisabeth Bergner and Hugh Sinclair. I'm guessing that was a better film.

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