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Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)

At Kimberley Prescott's villa, a stranger shows-up and claims he is her brother who supposedly died the previous year in a car accident.


Michael Anderson


David D. Osborn (screenplay) (as David Osborn), Charles Sinclair (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Todd ... Ward Prescott
Anne Baxter ... Kimberley Prescott
Herbert Lom ... Vargas
Alexander Knox ... Chandler Bridson
Faith Brook ... Mrs. Whitman
Alan Tilvern Alan Tilvern ... Carlos
Thelma D'Aguiar Thelma D'Aguiar ... Maria (as Thelma d'Aguiar)


A man shows up at Kimberley Prescott's villa claiming to be her brother. But Ward Prescott died in a car accident a year ago, so how can this man be him? Despite Kim's protests that the stranger isn't her brother, everyone else accepts him, including their uncle. Kim begins to fear for her sanity and her life. Written by Anonymous

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleep No More See more »

Filming Locations:

Costa Brava, Catalonia, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Associated Dragon See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In an article in the October 29, 1956 edition of the Los Angeles Times, David Niven was announced as the male lead for this film. See more »


The shadows on the wall next to the staircase change depending upon whether the shot is from the landing above or from the lower level. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: BARCELONA See more »


Remade as Pudhiya Paravai (1964) See more »


In Search of a Dream
Music by Matyas Seiber
Lyrics by Robert Mellin
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Great scenery, nice photography, wonderful guitar, torturous plot
12 May 2018 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Chase a Crooked Shadow (1958)

This dives quickly in--an heiress has come to Barcelona and a man who is apparently after her fortune shows up, at night, with cocky assurance. It's evil and it's odd. The woman is played with stern conviction by Anne Baxter, and she holds the whole movie together. The filming is vivid, and dark and shadowy from the get go, in moderately wide screen black and white. When it goes to daylight, the crips, tonal perfection of the image is quite noticeable. That might be an odd reason to like the movie, but it's quite visually beautiful. I suppose the East Coast of Spain gets some credit. Unfortunately, the plot at first comes off as improbable, with a couple of twists at the beginning that left me incredulous. But the acting is so earnest you can put up with it for awhile. When it becomes a kind of mind game between the two leads, it has some reasonable thread (some) and it is only the steely determination of Baxter's acting that keeps it interesting. The plot against this woman is elaborate, and therefore scary, held in check by the upper class politeness of all the characters. I'm sure people would compare this to Hitchcock for its personal suspense, its stylish attempts at mind games, or for echoes of "Gaslight" and "Rebecca." It's a British movie, released by Warner Bros., and it might suffer from a sense of imitating Hollywood rather than making its own mark (as Carol Reed might have a few years earlier). The British director here is Michael Anderson, who left no real imprint on film history, and the leading actor is also British, Richard Todd, and he's more handsome than compelling. So why see the film? The palette of grey tones of the deep focus photography? The torturous plot with too much talking? Anne Baxter, alone, rising above? Maybe, almost. There is enough in these elements to almost work, actually. Convolutions. And Julian Bream's wonderful guitar.

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