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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>

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


Certificate:

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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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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 daytime scene where they are racing towards the almost collision with the train. camera pans down first time to the speedometer and shows a speedometer that goes to 110 MPH then just a few seconds later looks down at the speedometer again and it's a totally different speedometer that only goes up to 100 MPH. See more »

Quotes

Lorna Roman: You don't get over three years of terror in one night.
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Connections

Edited into Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb (2007) See more »

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Bizarre Noir
16 February 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

This is one of the most off-beat noirs you will ever see.It ranges from tension to turmoil in short bursts because it is, ah, different.You may have to run parts of it back to see if you missed something - but chances are you didn't. It's that kind of film.

The heavies are the best part of the cast. Steve Cochran may have done his best work here, and Peter Lorre does what he does best.Michele Morgan is lovely, and Bob Cummings seems as confused as the rest of us. I enjoy plot twists to a point, but the whole picture is a plot twist.

You may have to struggle with the continuity and the sound track, as the film was assembled piecemeal and the restoration is not as good as could be hoped. Against my better judgment I gave this a 7, although on balance it's not that good; it's just so - how should we say - bizarre.


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