Original British quad poster
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Screenplay byDonald Ogden Stewart
Based onEscapade by Roger MacDougall
Produced byDaniel M. Angel
Hannah Weinstein
StarringJohn Mills
Yvonne Mitchell
Alastair Sim
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byJohn Trumper
Music byBruce Montgomery
Pinnacle Productions
Distributed byEros Films
Distributors Corporation of America (US)
Release date
  • 4 August 1955 (1955-08-04)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Escapade is a 1955 British comedy drama film directed by Philip Leacock and starring John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell and Alastair Sim.[1] It was based on a long-running West End play of the same name by Roger MacDougall.[2]

The film was produced at the Nettlefold Studios in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.[3] The film's sets were designed by the art director Bernard Robinson.

Plot summary

A husband and father becomes so preoccupied with a political cause that he neglects his familial responsibilities, leading to his children running away from home.


Critical reception

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther panned the film, writing, "It is a curiously notional and impractical expostulation against war, obviously well-intended but as humorless as a labored gag".[4] Leonard Maltin, on the other hand, gave it three out of four stars, calling it an "Ambitious, insightful, solidly acted drama about the cynicism and hypocrisy of adults and the idealism of youth."[5] TV Guide gave the film two out of four stars, calling it, " okay comedy with a message, but the play was better."[6]


  1. ^ "Escapade (1955)". Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Nettlefold Studios (Walton-on-Thames)". Archived from the original on 2 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Movie Reviews". The New York Times. 4 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Escapade (1955) - Overview -".
  6. ^ "Escapade".