Cast & Crew
When American Steven Rossi, assistant to the recently abducted jet designer Dr. Andre Halas, lands in London, he avoids the immigration department, prompting attention from Inspector Reid of Scotland Yard. As Reid begins to track him by posting his photograph in the newspaper, Steve tries to set up a meeting with German Michael Grand, who earlier had offered him a position designing airplanes in order to use Steve's inside knowledge for Germany. Several contacts later, Steve finally acquires the address of Grand's office. When he goes there, however, he discovers only a hotel room occupied by a woman who introduces herself as Joan Miller, Grand's secretary. Joan soon pulls a gun on Steve and brings him to her boss, Col. Wilkes. Steve explains that he wants to see Grand about the job, and Wilkes, after agreeing to arrange a meeting the following morning, insists that Steve stay in the hotel under Joan's watch. The next morning, however, a nosy neighbor recognizes Steve from his picture in the paper and notifies the police. Steve and Joan are forced to flee the hotel, and return to Wilkes, who identifies himself as British Private Intelligence. Wilkes insists that Steve help catch Grand, who is in London funnelling the kidnapped scientists through an underground route into Germany. Steve agrees to work with Wilkes but asserts that he wanted his photo in the paper so Grand could find him, and now would like to catch the criminal his own way. Wilkes assigns Joan, also an agent, to help Steve. They procure Grand's forwarding address from the hotel doorman, which leads them to Irma Brooks, Grand's real secretary. Irma gives Steve the address of Grand's office and then calls Grand, who is in London, to warn him. The "office" is an abandoned building in which Steve finally finds Grand, who speaks to him through a hole in the ceiling. Just before Grand can shoot Steve, whom he suspects of being a spy, Joan wanders inside and knocks over a railing. The noise causes Grand to run, and when they follow him into the street, he jumps into his car and tries to run them down. Steve returns to Irma, knowing that when she sees him still alive, she will worry for her own safety and so visit Grand. When she does just this, they follow her to a beauty shop. Inside, Joan overhears Grand in a curtained booth telling Irma to arrange another meeting with Steve. The voices then disappear, and when Joan goes back outside, she and Steve are immediately arrested by a constable, who recognizes Steve. As they wait for Wilkes in the police station, Grand's car is found burned, with the bodies of Irma and an unidentified man inside. Soon after, Wilkes informs Reid that he has discovered that Steve is an undercover FBI agent, and together Wilkes, Reid and Steve identify Irma's body but realize that the dead man is probably not Grand. Meanwhile, Grand meets a cohort in a bar to discuss his plans to flee the country. Steve and Joan return to the beauty shop, where they uncover a secret office behind the curtained booth. Grand, who is in the office sending a message on a short wave radio, hears them and burns his documents before running out the back door. Steve bursts in and saves as much as the paperwork as he can, but loses Grand. The police soon begin a search for the receiver of the radio message and discover that one nearby embassy has a short wave transmitter. They tail a suspicious attaché who works there to a hotel by the docks. Steve then visits the docks, disguised as a captain, marking his trail with white chalk so Joan can follow behind in a car. At the hotel, Steve spots Grand and follows him. One of his chalk marks becomes obscured, however, and Joan soon loses him. Meanwhile, Grand notices Steve and ambushes him. As they fight, Grand's gun goes off and Joan informs the police that she heard a shot. Grand escapes but Steve chases him onto a freight elevator, where he beats the criminal into submission. The police arrive soon after and, upon searching the ship to which Grand was heading, find and rescue Dr. Halas. Steve ignores Reid's thanks, embracing Joan instead.
John V. Baines
J. Pinky Green
Peter Graham Scott
I'll Get You -
Raft's career momentum stalled partly because he didn't want to play disreputable characters, that he referred to as 'heels.' He was less famous for the movies he made than the ones he turned down, such as The Sea Wolf, High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon, all in 1941. He chose to buy out his Warners contract, but as an independent, he scored few hit pictures. Yet, newspaper coverage of his rumored underworld connections kept him in the public eye. In 1951, Raft signed a multi-picture deal for work in England, joining a steady flow of free-agent Hollywood stars that found employment on foreign shores.
English film companies sought Hollywood stars so they could compete in the American market, where all-British casts were generally a tough sell. London's Banner Films produced three George Raft thrillers in a row, Loan Shark (1952), I'll Get You (1952), and The Man from Cairo (1953). In each Raft played an adventurer or undercover agent, initially mistaken for a criminal but soon proven to be on the side of law and order.
John Baines was one of the writers on the omnibus horror classic Dead of Night (1945), and is credited with that film's two best episodes, about a haunted mirror and a ventriloquist's dummy. His featherweight script for I'll Get You (original title: Escape Route) claims that Western scientists and technicians are being lured behind the Iron Curtain by underhanded means, including kidnapping. After the American aircraft designer Dr. Halas is snatched by Soviet agents, his assistant Steve Rossi (George Raft) comes to London, offering to hire himself to the same people. Steve dodges immigration; with Scotland Yard on his trail he tries to locate the mysterious foreign agent Michael Grand (Clifford Evans).
Steve Rossi first encounters a seductive, shady woman (June Ashley) who buys him a change of clothes. Then he meets Joan Miller (Sally Gray), who identifies herself as Michael Grand's secretary. She's really with 'British Private Intelligence,' which has been monitoring Rossi all the while. The enemy agent Michael Grand proves to be a lone wolf with a secret radio transmitter hidden behind a beauty shop. He sacrifices his actual secretary (Patricia Laffan) in an attempt to avoid capture and retreats to the shadows until Steve Rossi corners him on a wharf.
The film proved to be significant for being Sally Gray's final film. Though she was offered a contract by RKO, Gray retired from the industry after marrying British peer and legislator Dominick Browne.
By Glenn Erickson
I'll Get You -
The film's working title was The Black Pawn. The picture was originally released in England in 1952 under the name Escape Route. The opening credits include the following statement: "Scenes from The Tate Gallery through the co-operation of the trustees and director thereof." The film begins with a voice-over narration detailing how Berlin became politically and physically divided after the war, and dramatizing some of the abductions of prominent scientists in Germany, London and New York City.