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The Chase is a 1946 film, shot in black and white, directed by Arthur Ripley. The screenplay (adapted by Philip Yordan) is based on the Cornell Woolrich novel The Black Path of Fear.

Plot

This dream-like film noir is about Chuck Scott, a World War II vet now a penniless drifter tormented by bizarre dreams, who takes a job as driver to Eddie Roman (Cochran), a vicious gangster. Roman tests his new driver, Scott, by taking control of his car in the back seat, unbeknownst to the driver. Roman has an accelerator in the back seat of his car so that he can "take over" total control whenever he wants. This bizarre trick not only unnerves his new driver but Roman's right hand man, Gino (Lorre). Scott passes the test and gets the job.Things get tough for Scott when he falls in love with the gangsters wife, who has attempted to kill herself. They run off together to Cubamarker and a bizarre chase begins.

Critical reaction

Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward notes: "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 film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.

Main cast

Robert Cummings and Michèle Morgan


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