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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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  (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:

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Police Officer (uncredited)

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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USA:60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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If you like chases you'll love The Big Chase, 2 October 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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