6 user 1 critic

I Can't Escape (1934)

An ex-convict, unable to get a good job because of his prison record, gets mixed up in a phony stock scam.


Otto Brower


Nathan Ash (story) (as Nathan Asch), Jerry Sackheim (story)




Complete credited cast:
Onslow Stevens ... Steve Nichols, alias Steve Cummings
Lila Lee ... Mae Nichols
Russell Gleason ... Tom Martin
William Desmond ... Parole Officer Donovan
Hooper Atchley ... Harley
Otis Harlan ... Jim Bonn
Kane Richmond ... Bob, college boy at club
Clara Kimball Young ... Mrs. Wilson
Eddie Gribbon ... Regan - Beat Cop
Nat Carr ... Mr. Watson, clothier
Richard Cramer ... Joe, bartender-pimp


An ex-convict, unable to get a good job because of his prison record, gets mixed up in a phony stock scam.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

ex convict | stock fraud | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama







Release Date:

5 July 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Vault See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (TV) (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Cineglow System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


At the airport at the end of the film, the two aircraft on the apron are Boeing 247s which only came into service in1933. See more »


Harley: Jim. I'm going to engage a new man.
Jim Bonn: Go ahead. Why bother me?
Harley: It's Steve Nichols.
Jim Bonn: [astonished] Steve Nichols?
Harley: Don't you remember? He did time for a phony stock deal.
Jim Bonn: Why do we want him around here?
Harley: Don't you see? When we have to take it on the lam, this Nichols, with his past record...
Jim Bonn: ...is a cinch to hold the bag, eh?
Harley: Jim, I congratulate you. You're not as stupid as I thought you were.
[Jim smiles, then looks offended]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A first-rate B movie
5 June 2016 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

"I Can't Escape" is a perfect example of a good 1930s "B" movie -- short (about 65 minutes,) stylish, well-acted and frequently surprising. The star is Osgood Stevens who had the looks of a Gable but a weakness for booze which short-circuited his career. Opposite him -- and every bit as good -- is Lila Lee, thinly disguised as a prostitute until she meets Stevens and settles into happy domesticity. After getting out of jail and pounding the pavements, Stevens encounters a pair of swindlers who are happy to hire him as the perfect fall guy when they take off with their clients' cash. How he avoids another prison stretch is ingeniously plotted, excitingly filmed. In short, "I Can't Escape" is a fine example of what's meant by the phrase, "they don't make 'em like that anymore."

2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed