The Chase

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Oppressively nocturnal, arthouse slow, with ebullient players like Cochran and Lorre acting as if underwater - this movie, out of the noir cycle, is the one that most approximates the condition of a dream. At one point, it's revealed that the previous 20 minutes have been a dream, or nightmare, in the mind of the pill popping, shell shocked hero, if 'hero' is a proper description of Cummings' passive chauffeur, limply involved with a mobster's wife. The curious Ripley, a former gag-writer for Harry Langdon, only directed a handful of films, but this adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's The Black Path of Fear, with its Wellesian grotesqueries and its morbid, slightly absurd atmosphere, certainly confirms his oddball status.

Release details

Duration: 86 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Arthur Ripley
Screenwriter: Philip Yordan
Cast: Robert Cummings
Michele Morgan
Steve Cochran
Peter Lorre
Lloyd Corrigan
Jack Holt
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