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Frank Chase

  • Highest Rated: 100% The World in His Arms (1952)
  • Lowest Rated: 38% The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
  • Birthday: Feb 22, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Diminutive character actor Frank Chase appeared in nearly two dozen movies during the 1950s, ranging from Westerns to science fiction, and also enjoyed a career as a screenwriter, principally for television. The son of veteran author and screenwriter Borden Chase, Frank first came to movies as an actor, his short stature and animated persona making him ideal for portraying comical eccentrics, though he could also play straight, non-comedic roles. He spent most of his acting career at Universal in the 1950s, appearing in some surprisingly high-profile movies, including Winchester '73, Red Ball Express, and Walk the Proud Land, though his most memorable work on the big screen was, ironically, in the lowest-budgeted movie he ever worked in, Nathan Juran's Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), made for Allied Artists. Chase stole most of the scenes in which he appeared, portraying Charlie, the whining, slow-on-the-uptake deputy sheriff (picture an amalgam of Jason Alexander and Don Knotts at their most manic). Chase moved into television work in the early '60s, acting primarily in Westerns such as The Virginian, and he also became a screenwriter, authoring episodes of The High Chaparral, The Virginian and its successor series The Men From Shiloh, and several shows from the early seasons of Bonanza ("The Medal," "The Jackknife"). He wrote one Bonanza episode, "The Ballerina," especially as a vehicle for his sister, actress/dancer Barrie Chase.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

75% Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Charlie 1958
No Score Yet Sendas Torturosas Ben 1958
No Score Yet Night Passage Trinidad 1957
No Score Yet Beginning of the End Soldier 1957
No Score Yet Walk the Proud Land Stone 1956
38% The Creature Walks Among Us Steward 1956
No Score Yet Backlash Cassidy 1956
No Score Yet Man Without a Star Little Waco 1955
No Score Yet Saskatchewan Keller 1954
No Score Yet Seminole Trooper 1953
No Score Yet Thunder Bay Radio Technician 1953
No Score Yet Horizons West Borden 1952
100% The World in His Arms Seaman 1952
No Score Yet Red Ball Express Higgins 1952
100% Bend of the River Wasco 1952
100% Winchester '73 Cavalryman 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Screenwriter
  • 1973
  • 1970
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Screenwriter Jim
  • 1969
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961

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