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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 (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYBOYC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,256 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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97 of 100 people found the following review helpful By David Turner on 8 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
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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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Satish Nimkar on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Oct. 2012
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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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By sekhar Ganapathy on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 21 Aug. 2011
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Very effective with lots of surprises - beautifully filmed in a Spanish setting with a terrific Hitchcockian car scene - warmly recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cefn sidan on 17 April 2012
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Agree with the other reviewers regarding the film's content, but why do Studio Canal feel the need to cut the aspect ratio to 1:33:1. This film was made in at least 1:66:1 and should have been shown in it's original aspect ratio. How many times must we the purchasers point this out to everyone concerned that films aspect ratios should not be tampered with, but shown in their correct width.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coral Newton on 27 Jan. 2013
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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. 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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Bijlsma on 17 Feb. 2010
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This is a wonderful movie! Richard Todd plays one of the best parts I've seen from him. Probably his best roles he played in "The hasty heart" and "A man called Peter".

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.
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