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Chase A Crooked Shadow [DVD] [1958]

Richard Todd , Anne Baxter , Michael Anderson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox, Faith Brook
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Producers: Douglas Fairbanks Jr
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Games or reality? 8 Jan 2008
At last one of the finest low budget films of British mystery drama has been released on DVD...First screened in 1957. it seems to have languished in the film vaults for the past fifty years apart from a couple of showings on daytime TV.
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)
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chase a good thriller 6 Feb 2009
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This is one of the best thrillers I have ever seen. Considering that the film is almost 50 years old and we are exposed to an overdose of thrillers on TV and in the cinemas,there is still a kind of freshness and thrill in the film which is lacking in the most of the thrillers we are served nowadays. May be it is because of the tight plot with no digressions from the main story and very few protagonists in the thriller. And of course the black-and-white photography which really keeps one spellbound. A must for every aficionado of thrillers and film student.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who is hunting who? 24 Oct 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Chase a Crooked Shadow is directed by Michael Anderson and written by David D. Osborn and Charles Sinclair. It stars Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom and Faith Brook. Music is scored by Matyas Seiber, with additional guitar by Julian Bream, and cinematography by Erwin Hillier.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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An heiress (Anne Baxter) vacationing at her villa in Spain has an unexpected visitor. A man (Richard Todd) claiming to be her brother except that her brother has been dead for a year and she ought to know as she identified the body! She appeals to a police captain (Herbert Lom), her uncle (Alexander Knox) but they all insist he is her brother. Why is Todd pretending to be her brother and who is the mysterious woman (Faith Brook) her "brother" brought with him. Is he her brother and is she losing her mind or is there a more diabolical plan behind it all? Michael Anderson (AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS) is no Hitchcock and that's exactly what a thriller like this needs. The film manages some genuine nail biting tension in the last half hour and there's a marvelous twist that I never saw coming but the first hour is more irritating than anything else as Baxter's actions are questionable. Curiously, it's filmed in black and white when the sun drenched Spanish seaside locations cries out for Technicolor and the use of color may have carried the film through its problematic first hour. Produced by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

The Optimum Classics DVD import from England is shown at an 1.33:1 aspect ration rather than letterboxed but the framing doesn't seem tight at all so I'm guessing it's a full frame transfer intended for a 1.66:1 theatrical aspect ratio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 80 minutes of sheer, suspense-filled thrill 26 Jun 2004
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This ranks as one of the most gripping and suspenseful movies ever produced in U.K.. Richard Todd and Anne Baxter give off superb display of acting, maintaining the director's ultimate objective of keeping the suspense rolling without any clue or hint towards its final unravelling of the mystery. In fact, the famous Hollywood actor Douglas Fairbanks himself (Producer ?) implores the audience, at the end of the movie, not to reveal the ending to others who are yet to see the movie. The play of shadow and light, especially on Richard Todd's face, adds to the foreboding and eerie feeling. This is one movie, where the producers' usual pronouncement of audience being forced to sit at the edge of seat really holds true. A movie that is surely a must for any serious moviegoer's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. M. Rafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Crooked Shadow
A surprisingly competent thriller with enough twists to satisfy and a ood performance by Todd noted for his wooden English performances
Published 7 months ago by j.p.bowden
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling
Wow! Love this! About a women who suddenly finds her home taken over by her brother and his friends/employees. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars twisting
With these two leading actors it doesn't come much better, these were in the days when you HAD to be able to ACT. for all ages.
Published 10 months ago by tony
5.0 out of 5 stars A good buy
Great for an afternoon viewing, when you want to watch an old film. The music used is lovely and have watched this several times already.
Published 11 months ago by march hare
5.0 out of 5 stars another classic
a good old fashioned thriller, iv seen it a very long time ago but very well worth while simply to see it and have it on a dvd,
it was well wrapped, delivered nice and early. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
A good quality product,no problems viewing. The film is a classic suspense thriller in black and white, a little dated but keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to work out who... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs June V Falconer
5.0 out of 5 stars British writing at its best
A cleverly written little gem of a movie. The acting is, as you would expect, of an excellent standard and the storyline will have you guessing right to the end, with twists and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by MacDee
4.0 out of 5 stars Chase A Crooked Shadow
If you're a lover of films with more story than action sequences then this is one for you.
It's quite a menacing film with a unique twist at the end that is worth waiting... Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. Osullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Surprise
I knew nothing about this film. I saw it mentioned in a book. It was highly praised so I decided to get it for myself.

What a good decision. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Coral Newton
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