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UCLA Festival of Preservation

The Chase

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Thursday 4/10
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dir. Arthur Ripley, US, 1946, 35mm, b/w, 86 min.

Combining an original setting and timely story elements, Arthur D. Ripley crafts a highly original film noir. Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) is a down-on-his-luck ex-serviceman, badly in need of a meal in post-war Miami. Stumbling upon a lost wallet, he traces the owner of the billfold to a palatial home. Owner Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran), a suave businessman, is pleased by “Scotty’s” honesty, and offers him a job as chauffeur. From the side, taciturn Peter Lorre as Gino, Roman’s sidekick, grimaces and bemoans these displays of honor and goodwill.

Scotty quickly catches on that Roman is bad news, probably involved in the death of a business competitor, but he keeps his mouth shut for the sake of his meal ticket. His resolve is tested, however, when Roman’s trophy wife Lorna (Michèle Morgan) appeals to him for help in secretly spiriting her from Miami to Havana as an escape from her soulless existence. Once off American shores, the couple find common ground—and love. But they discover it’s not so easy to escape Roman’s octopus-like reach and influence. And soon, Scotty finds himself at the center of his own murder mystery.

35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Franco-American Cultural Fund


Preserved from the incomplete 35mm nitrate French composite dupe negative, and 16mm acetate picture and track negatives. Laboratory services by Cinetech, Deluxe Media Services, Fotokem Film and Video, Audio Mechanics, Chace Audio by Deluxe, DJ Audio.