The Chase (1946 film)
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|Directed by||Arthur Ripley|
|Produced by||Seymour Nebenzal|
|Screenplay by||Philip Yordan|
|Based on||the novel The Black Path of Fear
by Cornell Woolrich
|Music by||Michel Michelet|
|Cinematography||Frank F. Planer|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||86 minutes|
The Chase is a 1946 American black and white film noir directed by Arthur Ripley. The screenplay written by Philip Yordan is based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear. This film is now in the public domain and released by Alpha Video.
This dream-like film noir is about Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings), a World War II vet now a penniless drifter tormented by bizarre dreams, who takes a job as driver to Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran), a vicious gangster. Roman tests his new driver, Scott, by assuming control of his car from the back seat. Unbeknownst to Scott, Roman has an accelerator installed in the rear passenger compartment so that he can "take over" the vehicle whenever he wants. This bizarre trick not only unnerves his new driver but also Roman's right-hand man, Gino (Peter Lorre).
Scott passes the test and gets the job. But things get tough for Scott when he falls in love with the gangster's wife, Lorna (Michèle Morgan), who has attempted to kill herself because life has become unbearable with her sadistic husband. The two run off together to Cuba and a bizarre chase begins wherein Scott is framed for a murder and must therefore avoid both Roman and the police.
Finally, at a point when Scott is able to clear his name, he is thrown back into the nightmare in a surprising twist.
- Robert Cummings as Chuck Scott
- Michèle Morgan as Lorna Roman
- Steve Cochran as Eddie Roman
- Lloyd Corrigan as Emmerich Johnson
- Jack Holt as Cmdr. Davidson
- Peter Lorre as Gino
- Don Wilson as Fats
- Alexis Minotis as Lt. Acosta
- Nina Koshetz as Madame Chin
- Yolanda Lacca as Midnight
- James Westerfield as Job the Butler
- Jimmy Ames as The Killer
- Shirley O'Hara as Manicurist
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a mostly positive review, writing, "This film noir is memorable for its dark dream-like feel, as reality becomes indistinguishable from the dream sequences. Because of those shots, this film became a cult classic; but, it is one that is rarely shown on TV. The film was adapted from a Cornell Woolrich book -- he is a noted writer of the Black Mask mystery school. They specialize in dark and expressionistic works, which this film is perfect example of."
Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward write in Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style: "Phantom Lady excepted, The Chase is the best cinematic equivalent of the dark, oppressive atmosphere that characterizes most of Cornell Woolrich's best fiction."
- The Chase at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, August 22, 2001. Accessed: July 9, 2013.
- "Festival de Cannes: The Chase". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-06.
- Silver, Alain, and Elizabeth Ward, eds. Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style, 3rd edition, 1992. Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5.
- Allmovie by Rovi. Releases section. Accessed: August 1, 2013.
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