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The Chase (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 10 March 1947 (UK)
Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Director:

Arthur Ripley (as Arthur D. Ripley)

Writers:

Philip Yordan (written for the screen by), Cornell Woolrich (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Chuck Scott
Michèle Morgan ... Lorna Roman (as Michele Morgan)
Steve Cochran ... Eddie Roman
Lloyd Corrigan ... Emmerrich Johnson
Jack Holt ... Cmdr. Davidson
Don Wilson ... Fats
Alexis Minotis Alexis Minotis ... Lt. Acosta
Nina Koshetz Nina Koshetz ... Madame Chin (as Nina Koschetz)
Yolanda Lacca Yolanda Lacca ... Midnight
James Westerfield ... Job the Butler
Jimmy Ames Jimmy Ames ... The Killer
Shirley O'Hara ... Manicurist
Peter Lorre ... Gino
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Storyline

Returning a lost wallet gains unemployed veteran Chuck Scott a job as chauffeur to Eddie Roman, a seeming gangster whose enemies have a way of meeting violent ends. The job proves nerve-wracking, and soon Chuck finds himself pledged to help Eddie's lovely, fearful, prisoner-wife Lorna to escape. The result leaves Chuck caught like a rat in a trap, vainly seeking a way out through dark streets. But the real chase begins when the strange plot virtually starts all over again... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hunted ... haunted ... hounded ...


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 March 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Погоня See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nero Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 9, 1946 with Robert Cummings and Michèle Morgan reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

In the car after the chicken run with the train, Gino lights a cigarette in close-up. Cut to a wider angle, and he's again lighting the cigarette. Back to close-up, and his hand is now at his side, with the cigarette out of frame until he raises it to take a puff. See more »

Quotes

Lorna Roman: Have you ever been afraid? Really afraid?
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Connections

Referenced in Meet Mick Taylor: An Interview with John Jarratt (2006) See more »

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Terrific Villains in Fractured Plot
25 September 2008 | by ZenVortexSee all my reviews

Great cinematography. Excellent acting. Taut direction. But the plot is bizarre. Everything rolls along nicely until suddenly -- without any warning -- the plot morphs into something else. Same characters and location but completely different storyline. Weird and confusing as people who were killed in the previous section show up alive again...

Nevertheless, the movie contains some terrific villains. Steve Cochran delivers a mesmerizing performance as a sadistic mobster and Peter Lorre is in top form as his cold-blooded, sinister sidekick. Michele Morgan is an edgy femme fatale and Bob Cummings delivers a convincing performance as the troubled hero.

The cinematography is classic noir with beautifully composed shots in dark settings full of intrigue and menace. A particularly memorable scene is where the cops burst into a room in search of Cummings only to find a woman sobbing uncontrollably at a table. There is some sharp dialog and lush romantic music although the sound track is scratchy. The movie is flawed by the fractured plot but worth adding to your collection.


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