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Chase A Crooked Shadow [DVD] 
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Richard Todd stars as Ward Prescott, a man who turns up at the Costa Brava house of an heiress (Anne Baxter), whose father has recently committed suicide and whose brother was seemingly killed in an accident. Prescott claims to be her dead brother but she is not convinced, despite all the evidence confirming his claim, her uncle recognising him, and the local police chief dismissing her. Is she lying or are the rest of the players?
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A superb plot and script provides an atmosphere combining unbelievable disbelief, fear and reality. Anne Baxter in the lead role as the well known heiress fearing for her life, provides a true and convincing performance. Richard Todd - as the assumed dead brother plays his part to perfection..Supported by Herbert Lom as Inspector Vargas, Alexander Knox as Uncle Chan and Faith Brooke as the house guest this is a film which should surprise the most jaded film buff with it's unique twists and turns. A classic British film of mystery and suspense that should be recognised in the catalogues for years to come.
David Turner (London UK)
A man shows up at Kimberley Prescott's Spanish villa claiming to be her brother. Trouble is is that her brother, Ward Prescott, died in a car accident a year ago...
The core formula for Chase a Crooked Shadow has been well mined over the years, only recently I myself viewed the quite excellent Hammer Films Production of Paranoiac, which treads the same ground as Anderson's movie, but there's a filmic style here that adds further atmosphere to the moody mysterious tone of the narrative. Thus, in spite of the absurdities and stretching of credulity, this is well worth seeking out.
Anderson carefully builds the suspense, ensuring that what we think we know may in fact not be the case. The twists and jolts are deftly handled and the finale is a delightful bolt from the blue. Along the way we are treated to a noirish canvas, where even though the film is shot on location on the Costa Brava, there's a Gothic sheen pretty much every where you look. The interior of the villa is complete with Grandfather clock, iron gate doors, odd light shades, statuettes and one of those staircases with balustrade, all of which is given maximum shadow effects by Hillier. The outside courtyard also serves the uneasy mood well, as does the stone beach house at the bottom of the hill, it should be idyllic, but fret and discord dwell there as well.Read more ›
What a good decision. Good stars, lovely settings in Spain, a very mysterious story, lots of red herrings, a truly fascinating plot, beautiful clothes worn by Ann Baxter, Richard Todd alternating between being fairly kind and really very frightening. In fact the film has everything a good mystery needs.
You won`t be sorry if you decide to buy this. I thoroughly recommend it.
Sure, some of the events that take place in "Chase a crooked shadow" most likely wouldn't happen if this had been a real life story - but they COULD. The movie is very entertaining and full of suspence. Recommended for anyone who likes film noir, crime movies, mystery and of course Richard Todd!
Quality is great - only a pity there are no subtitles. But since the sound quality is very good it's not really necessarry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent thriller in the style of Hitchcock which I have not seen for decades. The film deftly manages to keep the viewer guessing until the twist is finally revealed at the end. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Silver Spirit
An excellent very clever mystery.it stands the test of time since it original release. All the other reviewers have said what I would like to say. Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. J. P. Stuart
The best film Richard Todd ever made even better in my view than the Dam Busters.Published 2 months ago by Bryan Lowry
Brilliant suspense thriller, one of my favourite films of all time, equal to Alfred Hitchcock's best. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. M. R. Barrow
YOU WOULD NEED TO BE OLD TO WATCH THIS MY HUSBAND WAS DELIGHTEDPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great film well worth watching again. A very tense, exciting and unexpected ending!Published 6 months ago by Musicals Fan
I saw this first on its original cinema release and much enjoyed it then. It was equally enjoyable 57 years later. Where did all those really good film makers go?Published 6 months ago by M. A. Hay