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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    I went to see Chase a Crooked Shadow at the now long gone ABC Empire cinema in Longton, Stoke on Trent, on Monday, March 17th, 1958, about five weeks short of my eleventh birthday, and really enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I would have noticed it at the time, nearly fifty-eight years ago, but the plot was a bit improbable. However, if you can accept that, then this is a fine Hitchcock-type thriller. The Spanish-style music score by Matyas Seiber bears more than a passing resemblance in places to Miklos Rozsa’s score for Green Fire, which pre-dated it by three years. Here are scans from ABC Film Review magazine and Film Review annual. The links below will take you to both sides of the 45 rpm single released at the time of the main theme and love theme played by Roberto and his Orchestra on the Coral label: a silent Pathe News clip of the film’s premiere at the Warner, Leicester Square (spot all the stars in attendance), and a short scene from the film.

    Music from the film:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ3Q4zuLIOQ

    Premiere of the film.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfbDIgMSlGQ

    Short excerpt from the film.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc84AOHDHOQ















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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    From Picturegoer and Picture Show magazines of the time.







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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    Alright, I've noticed it. I inadvertently cropped a couple of captions off the Picture Show upload, with having to scan the page in two halves because of its size.
    So here it is again, complete this time.


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    Senior Member Country: United States will.15's Avatar
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    I saw that on TV when I was a kid, but had to go to bed before it was over. My mother told me how it ended. I didn't know what the movie was called, or even if it was a movie. I tracked it down in in the 1990s and got a bootleg VHS version. Three American TV movies recycled the plot and twist ending. The story may have originated in an old radio episode of The Whistler.

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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    Now available on DVD, will, restored and 16 x 9 enhanced.

    Here's a guitar version of Miklos Rosza's Green Fire theme, which Matyas Seiber's In Search of a Dream from Chase a Crooked Shadow very much resembles.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFfw-howX1o
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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    Great film - one I've got a fondness for.

    Now I know something of the politics and business of the time I love watching newsreel footage of London premiers - I'm always on the look out for the executives lurking in the background and just who arrives with whome.

    With this sequence, I wish I knew what Fred Feldkamp looked like.

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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    A pity that Pathe News didn't upload it with sound, Anthony. I noticed Peter Noble in there as well as Carole Lesley (Maureen Rippingdale), who sadly took her own life some years later and, of course, plenty of shots of Richard Todd; Anne Baxter and Herbert Lom.

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    Senior Member Country: UK Merton Park's Avatar
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    Great stuff above from the ABC review, I used to love that magazine.

    I remember seeing it on its first release and thought it was a great thriller. Plenty of twists and an excellent cast.

    It stands the test of time and it reminds me it's about time I watched it again.

    Thanks for the reminder.

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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    It hasn't really dated at all, Merton, and looks and sounds as good now as it did then, nearly 58 years ago, which makes us realise just how long ago it is now since we first went to see it. A lifetime ago. I'd love to get the original Front-of-House set for it, but in all my fourteen years on eBay, not even one still from the set has ever turned up on there.

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    Senior Member Country: England billy farmer's Avatar
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    I enjoyed watching Chase a Crooked Shadow, last night, one scene, reminded me of a famous scene in To Catch a Thief - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcDGAyQnHQ8 except in, Chase a Crooked Shadow, the man was driving, and the lady was in the passenger seat.

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    Senior Member Country: England darrenburnfan's Avatar
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    I reckon Richard Todd probably thought whatever Grace Kelly could do, he could do better.

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