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The Big Chase (1954)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  18 June 1954 (USA)
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Plot has Korean-War vet Grayson returning and joining the L.A. Police Academy, which we learn in a flashback told by Police Lt. Ned Daggert to story-hunting reporter Milton Graves We also ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Glenn Langan ...
Officer Pete Grayson
Adele Jergens ...
Doris Grayson
Kip (as Lon Chaney)
Brad Bellows
Douglas Kennedy ...
Police Lt. Ned Daggert
Jay Lawrence ...
Jim Miggs
Jack Daly ...
Monty Nicholas
Milton Graves - Reporter (as Joseph Flynn)
Lou Roberson ...
Helicopter Man
Phil Arnold ...
Bunkie - Jim's Cellmate
Gil Perkins ...
Payroll Guard
Jack Breed ...
Tommy Walker ...
Policeman (as Tom Walker)
Wheaton Chambers ...
Doctor Janssen
Iris Menshell ...


Plot has Korean-War vet Grayson returning and joining the L.A. Police Academy, which we learn in a flashback told by Police Lt. Ned Daggert to story-hunting reporter Milton Graves We also learn that Pete's wife Doris is pregnant and concerned about her husband's safety.Meanwhile, in the state prison, inmates Brad Bellows and Jim Meggs are planning a big heist as soon as Brad gets out of prison. The caper they pull, and the resultant chase, all over Hollywood, Los Angelese and a large portion of Southern California, involving Grayson shows that his wife's concern was more than warranted. Written by Les Adams <>

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18 June 1954 (USA)  »

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The original footage from "Bandit Island" was shot in color in early 1953, while the added scenes of domesticity were filmed a year later in black and white (the final 2-D release was entirely black and white). See more »


Edited from Bandit Island (1953) See more »

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If you like chases you'll love The Big Chase
2 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Usually the label Lippert Pictures on anything makes it suspect to quality. But I found this one to be an excellent crime drama. As for the title The Big Chase it certainly lives up to that as about the last third is nothing but chase scenes.

This film had its origins in a short subject that Lippert did the year before. The Last Bandit was the short subject and it was virtually a silent film concentrating on nothing but the crime aspect of this story. For The Big Chase the heist that is planned by Jim Davis is blended nicely with the story of Glenn Langan the police officer in pursuit of the robbers.

Douglas Kennedy who is an LAPD police lieutenant and who looks upon Langan as sort of a protégé narrates both the Langan and the heist stories to reporter Joe Flynn. While Korean war veteran Langan is learning the ropes as a rookie cop, Davis is working out a heist while still in prison. The story of Langan who with wife Adele Jergens is expecting their first runs parallel with the heist until the final confrontation.

If you like action and chase scenes, The Big Chase is definitely your kind of film.

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