The Chase is a meller that's taut as sprung steel for 75 minutes of its running time then slackens limply into the commonplace. Yarn [from the novel The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich] concerns the attempt of a killer's wife and his chauffeur to make their getaway from his household and henchman.
The Chase is a meller that’s taut as sprung steel for 75 minutes of its running time then slackens limply into the commonplace. Yarn [from the novel The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich] concerns the attempt of a killer’s wife and his chauffeur to make their getaway from his household and henchman.
Through a series of adroit directorial strokes, in the Hitchcock tradition, the pic’s momentum is made to mount in a steady, ascending line. Terror stalks the pair in their flight to Havana then explodes with the shocking stillness of a gun with a silencer on it.
Robert Cummings handles himself nicely but, though he tops the cast, is over-shadowed by the dominating personality and looks of a newcomer, Steve Cochran, who plays the killer. Cochran is handsome, suave, confident, and menacing in the manner of a Humphrey Bogart. Peter Lorre, in one of his best roles, comes through with a solid assist as the killer’s aide-de-camp. Michele Morgan registers nicely, although she isn’t given much to do besides modelling a few flashy gowns.
United Artists. Director Arthur Ripley; Producer Seymour Nebenzal; Screenplay Philip Yordan; Camera Franz Planer; Editor Edward Mann; Music Michel Michelet;; Art Director Robert Usher
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 86 MIN.
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