The Chase (1946)

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Chuck Scott gets a job as chauffeur to tough guy Eddie Roman; but Chuck's involvement with Eddie's fearful wife becomes a nightmare.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Cornell Woolrich, Philip Yordan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2003
Runtime:
VCI

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Cast


as Chuck Scott

as Lorna Roman

as Eddie Roman

as Johnson

as Cmdr. Davidson

as Fats

as Mme. Chin

as Midnight

as Manicurist

as The Killer

as Lady barber

as Detective
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Critic Reviews for The Chase

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Not so ingenious and engaging as other, Chandler-esque convolutions.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A last-act plot twist, equally likely to alienate as to fascinate, makes Arthur Ripley's obscure The Chase an especially bizarre jaunt through a nightmarish crime world.

Full Review… | August 15, 2012
MovieMartyr.com

This film noir is memorable for its dark dream-like feel, as reality becomes indistinguishable from the dream sequences.

Full Review… | August 20, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Chase

½

Bob Cummings plays a down-on-his-luck returning war vet who's hired by a mobster to chauffeur him around Miami Beach. There's a problem. The nearly psycho mobster's got a beautiful and unhappy wife. There's another problem. The mobster's got nearly psycho associate: Peter Lorre (the best of the film). There's another problem. Maybe the ex-sailor's a little crazy since the war, maybe he's imagining things. Maybe.
Is the mobster trying to kill him? Did the wife make a pass at him? Why's he got a chauffeur's uniform on?
Sliding reality's the thing here, confusion every moment.
Maybe you like that in a noir. Me, not so much.

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Kevin M. Williams

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½

Chuck Scott, a returning WW II soldier, takes a job as driver to Eddie Roman, a vicious gangster who will typically stop at nothing to get what he wants. Roman, who has a particularly sadistic side to his nature, likes to test new drivers and so has an accelerator in the back seat of his car so that he can "take over" total control whenever he wants. This bizarre quirk drives Roman's right hand man, played by Peter Lorre, understandably crazy. Scott passes the test and gets the job.

He then proceeds to fall in love with Roman's wife, who is so frightened of her husband that she tries to commit suicide. The two decide to run away together, but Roman finds out about their plans and the chase is on. Or is it?

This is probably the most dreamlike film noir ever made, due in great part to the plot by Cornell Woolrich----the master of bizarre situations------from his novel THE BLACK PATH OF FEAR. It's a bit confusing, but that only adds to it dreamlike atmosphere.

Robert Cummings, Steve Cochran, Peter Lorre, Michele Morgan, and even Don Wilson, more famous as the announcer on the Jack Benny Television Show, are perfect in their roles. And Lloyd Corrigan has a small but dramatic scene where Roman and Lorre decide to put the bite on him in the wine cellar.

It's an obscure film noir that's seldom shown on televison I got my copy from VCI, 5 Stars 4-1-13

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Bruce Bruce

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