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Fred Freiberger (screenplay)
Orville H. Hampton (story)
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Release Date:
18 June 1954 (USA) See more »
Plot has Korean-War vet Grayson returning and joining the L.A. Police Academy, which we learn in a flashback told by Police Lt... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3-D short "Bandit Island" provides the few thrills of this Lippert feature See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Glenn Langan ... Officer Pete Grayson

Adele Jergens ... Doris Grayson

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Kip (as Lon Chaney)

Jim Davis ... Brad Bellows
Douglas Kennedy ... Police Lt. Ned Daggert
Jay Lawrence ... Jim Miggs
Jack Daly ... Monty Nicholas

Joe Flynn ... Milton Graves - Reporter (as Joseph Flynn)
Lou Roberson ... Helicopter Man
Phil Arnold ... Bunkie - Jim's Cellmate
Gil Perkins ... Payroll Guard
Jack Breed ... Policeman
Tommy Walker ... Policeman (as Tom Walker)
Wheaton Chambers ... Doctor Janssen
Iris Menshell ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Kenny ... Police Turnkey (uncredited)

Directed by
Arthur Hilton  (as Arthur D. Hilton)
Robert L. Lippert Jr. (chase sequence from 'Bandit Island') (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fred Freiberger  screenplay
Orville H. Hampton  story (as Orville Hampton)

Produced by
Robert L. Lippert Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Bert Shefter (uncredited)
Cinematography by
John J. Martin  (as John Martin)
Film Editing by
Carl Pierson 
Makeup Department
Charles Huber .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Al Milton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director (as William Calihan)
Stanley Neufeld .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ernest Johnson .... property master (as Ernie Johnson)
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound engineer
Richard Belding .... sound effects (uncredited)
Joe Kavigan .... sound effects (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gilbert Warrenton .... cinematographer: chase sequence (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tommy Thompson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ace Herman .... supervising editor
Music Department
Edward Haire .... music editor (uncredited)
John Sentesi .... music editor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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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 »
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3-D short "Bandit Island" provides the few thrills of this Lippert feature, 27 September 2014
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

Robert L. Lippert's June 1954 release of "The Big Chase" was hardly an auspicious event, but coming one year after the original 3-D short "Bandit Island" from March 1953, serves as the only glimpse of what is now a lost film. Robert L. Lippert Jr. directed "Bandit Island" in color without a script or dialogue, a total of four days of shooting, with Lon Chaney contributing ideas on how the story should be told, and supplying stuntmen he knew from years past to perform their usual thing (Lou Roberson takes the fall from the helicopter, while Gil Perkins plays the robbed payroll clerk). Less than 20 minutes of "Bandit Island" is used however, beginning at the 35 minute mark of a 59 minute programmer, with nearly 40 minutes of dull exposition bringing back Glenn Langan, Jim Davis, and Jay Lawrence to repeat their roles from the year before (only Lon Chaney remains absent from the newly shot scenes). While "Bandit" was filmed in gorgeous 3-D color, the 2-D "Chase" is strictly routine black and white, as Langan is joined by real-life wife Adele Jergens to play on screen wife, pregnant with child, endlessly fretting over his dangerous job while hubby does all the cooking (I kid you not!). Meanwhile, the new character of Police Lt. Ned Daggert (Douglas Kennedy) practically narrates the entire film to a newshound played by Youngstown's own Joe Flynn (McHALE'S NAVY), here billed as 'Joseph Flynn' in virtually his feature film debut (he later appears opposite Lon Chaney in Allied Artists' "Indestructible Man"). We see Jim Davis and Jay Lawrence in newly shot prison footage, spending six months to plot a payroll robbery that looks as though they cooked it all up during a 5 minute coffee break! Glenn Langan cooks, Adele Jergens boozes and smokes, Douglas Kennedy narrates at tortoise level speed, making the 'big chase' seem more impressive than it really is. The director was longtime film editor Arthur David Hilton, whose only other credits in that capacity were "The Return of Jesse James" and "Cat-Women of the Moon." It's nice to see Lon Chaney in anything, but like everyone else from "Bandit Island," his characterization is mute and nonexistent, henchman Kip biting the dust at the railway yard, in what amounts to little more than three minutes-plus screen time (his demise is accompanied by the musical theme from Bela Lugosi's 1940 "The Devil Bat"). Even Chaney fans will feel let down by this one, the actor's first effort for Lippert Pictures, followed by two more, "The Black Pirates" and "The Silver Star." Producer Robert L. Lippert Jr. fondly recalled Chaney as a real pro who knew his business, half drunk half the time, yet always reliable and never holding up production.

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