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Overview

Arthur Ripley's The Chase (1946) is a classic piece of film noir that has dropped out of sight in recent years, a result of its not being in the hands of a major distributor. The very fact that it has shown up at all of DVD, even in a public domain edition with lots of flaws, ought to be cause for rejoicing among genre buffs. The source looks to be a 16mm dupe print, with lots of scratches in the opening credits and end credits that get chopped off very suddenly. On the other hand, most of the movie also looks ...
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Overview

Arthur Ripley's The Chase (1946) is a classic piece of film noir that has dropped out of sight in recent years, a result of its not being in the hands of a major distributor. The very fact that it has shown up at all of DVD, even in a public domain edition with lots of flaws, ought to be cause for rejoicing among genre buffs. The source looks to be a 16mm dupe print, with lots of scratches in the opening credits and end credits that get chopped off very suddenly. On the other hand, most of the movie also looks and sounds about as good as it did at the last theatrical showing this reviewer attended of it, in 1999 or thereabouts, so it's difficult to complain too loudly about Alpha's DVD edition. The picture is reasonably sharp, within limits, and there aren't too many pronounced flaws, apart from the faded nature of the source print, but the producers have compensated as best they can for this, so that even the night shots have useful picture information -- additionally, the audio track, including Michel Michelet's striking music score, has been mastered at a very healthy volume level. The usual six chapters common to Alpha titles are here, but the complexity of this film really requires more effort in that area for the chapters to matter. The whole release is a bargain-basement treatment of a movie that deserves more respect than that, but one this reviewer is still glad to see.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A problematic but fascinating excursion into film noir, The Chase is not to everyone's taste but will thrill and delight those who are tuned in to its wavelength. Chase is revered by many noir-ists for its decidedly dreamlike atmosphere; indeed, part of the film is an actual dream, and the shift back between reality and dream is one of the picture's hallmarks. Blessed with dazzlingly expressionistic lensing from the excellent Franz Planer, Chase is a nightmare made real and like most nightmares, it can be hard for some people to take. They have a right to decry the slipperiness of the script, which at times is difficult to follow and doesn't always make sense: not everything adds up the way it's supposed to. But the atmosphere director Arthur Ripley creates is highly individualized and leaves a strong impression. Moments crash into the memory and stay there, and any film that forces impressions onto the subconscious in this way is worth respecting. In the lead, Robert Cummings is good but not great. He's a little lightweight, not able to give the part the underpinnings that it needs. Better but still falling somewhat short of the mark is Michele Morgan; she has the femme fatale concept down but doesn't give it a distinctive enough mark. That leaves the field clear for bad guys Steve Cohran and Peter Lorre to steal the show, which they do with ease.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • UPC: 089218419996
  • Original Release: 1946
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  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,083

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Cummings Chuck Scott
Michèle Morgan Lorna Roman
Peter Lorre Gino
Steve Cochran Eddie Roman
Lloyd Corrigan Emmerick Johnson
Jack Holt Commander Davidson
Don Wilson Fats
Alexis Minotis Acosta
Nina Koshetz Madame Chin
Yolanda Lacca Midnight
James Westerfield Job the butler
Shirley O'Hara Krims Manicurist
Jimmy Ames The Killer
Florence Auer Lady barber
Martin Garralaga Cabman
Alex Montoya Detective
Technical Credits
Arthur Ripley Director
R.O. Binger Special Effects
Billy Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
Victor A. Gangelin Set Decoration/Design
Edward Mann Editor
Michel Michelet Score Composer
Seymour Nebenzal Producer
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Tuesday Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Usher Art Director
Philip Yordan Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [13:46]
2. Chapter 2 [15:39]
3. Chapter 3 [14:50]
4. Chapter 4 [14:46]
5. Chapter 5 [13:40]
6. Chapter 6 [10:33]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible transfer.

    This dvd is scratchy, jumps and it is obvious that many scenes are missing. It was so bad I never completed the viewing.

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