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Nightmare in Chicago (1964)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  2 April 1964 (USA)
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A complicated dash of the police, headed by Ted Knight, in a really good performance. Knight is chasing down a killer of blondes and the chase runs through the mystifying puzzle of the toll... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Robert Ridgely
Philip Abbott
Mary Frann
Barbara Turner
Charlene Lee
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A complicated dash of the police, headed by Ted Knight, in a really good performance. Knight is chasing down a killer of blondes and the chase runs through the mystifying puzzle of the toll roads in the Chicago area. The roads are a web of connections and toll oasis stops. But you can't enter and exit many places and in some places you can't exit and get back on. This makes for a search for the criminal that can't escape the toll road because he can't change his directions and exits are far from each other. Robert Altman brilliantly had been fascinated by the toll road system and created a taught drama that includes a big crash and a nuclear bomb being transported. Very intense and outstanding Chicago area scenery. Written by dennis dorner

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This television movie was originally broadcast as an episode of Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963), one of the three episodes that Robert Altman directed. See more »

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The Movie and the Director
21 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had read a positive review of "Nightmare in Chicago" in Steven Scheuer's Movies on TV Guide in the mid-1970s and became interested in seeing it, finally doing so in the early '80s although it was even then in chopped-up form on commercial television. I still liked it a lot. I hadn't seen it again and in fact could not find it anywhere on video for about two decades. Then just a few years ago I found one guy in Canada who had taped the movie years before from one of those edited broadcasts, but he missed taping the opening titles. I ordered it anyway because I was curious as to whether the quality would hold up over time, and perhaps the best indicator of a good film, it did live up to my positive memory of it. That very week, I discovered that the office next to mine was going to be occupied by director Robert Altman's production company Sandcastle. Through casual interaction with people working for him and a few elevator rides with Mr. Altman himself, I brought up this film of his that I had been looking for for a long time, learning that he also did not have a copy of the film. So that week I was able to supply him with one, although minus the opening. It seemed I was meant to do that for him.


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