Richard Todd is icily smooth as the visitor and Herbert Lom confused as a local policeman who doesn't know who to believe. Even their uncle identifies him as Ward. Along with the Psycho-Thriller edge,the writers drive into the jet-set sunset Neo-Noir genre,where Kimberly finds the glittering sun of Spain to brighten up the mind games and suspicions between her and Ward. So maybe Anne does get it right. A menacing stranger with equally menacing friends has intruded into a wealthy woman's life purporting to be her long dead brother.
But he produces impeccable credentials, a passport, a letter of credit for the bank, and so forth, to prove that he is Baxter's brother. A complete stranger turns up a at a woman's home claiming to be her brother. The audience roots for Kimberly, we know she is being wronged and people have ganged up on her. But just as magnetic is the general mood of subtle menace, as we wonder exactly what's going on. Provide details and share your research! It didn't work and the big confession scene at the end was ridiculous.
That might be an odd reason to like the movie, but it's quite visually beautiful. Bland, run of the mill 'thriller'. So, in essence, the author is calling attention to the hypocritical behavior and attitude of the shadow chaser. Both come into the category of being worth a second look to see how they work and both pass the credibility test with flying colours. The slick way that Ward insinuates himself into Kimberley's life is convincingly creepy. No matter what she does, even with the police inspector Lom , she can't disprove his claim.
But the acting is so earnest you can put up with it for awhile. A butler has also been installed in the house. There is enough in these elements to almost work, actually. Kimberly is desperate to reach her architect friend Chandler Knox who will know this man isn't her brother, but she can't reach him. It would make sense for him to not show his hand to Kimberley, but the South African police would tip him off from the outset. Richard really was such a 'perfect gent'. So, luckily I guess, she's wrong; but she can't help accusing him of trying to frighten her.
Thus, in spite of the absurdities and stretching of credulity, this is well worth seeking out. This parable is from the Chinese philosopher, Chuang Tzu. Kim tries to escape to the beach house below the main villa. Having long been interested in watching this well-regarded British thriller of the 'let's-drive-an-heiress-mad' variety, I can't help admitting I was somewhat underwhelmed by it; the reason for this, perhaps, is that we've seen this plot in countless other films so that, while one hoped that the treatment would rise above the overly-familiar premise, what we get here is pretty standard read: low-key or, if you like, genteel stuff. The man pretending to be Ward and his friends. That you won't know until the very end when as the Belgian sleuth always says 'all will be revealed'.
In this one both the sister and the audience know quite well he is a fraud. Mostly what makes her uneasy is that she has no idea what this man wants. That's just how it's done. Baxter's maid vanishes on a sudden holiday and is replaced with Todd's woman friend, played by Faith Brook. As the interloper 'Wade', the upright Todd is simply too stiff an actor to suggest the subtle menace the part requires, although his withdrawn manner does generate some suspense. Those revelations at least prevent the initial set-up from undercutting the entire plot--from the first scene we see that 'Ward' and Elaine are targeting Kimberley. He says he is her brother.
As the film goes on Kimberly gets more desperate and deranged as she fears for her life. For one thing, if the 'gaslighting' goes on too long, Kimberley might end up in an asylum, basically out of the reach of prosecutors. The plot against this woman is elaborate, and therefore scary, held in check by the upper class politeness of all the characters. A mystery enters of a most embarassing nature, since someone who has long been dead apparently isn't, or at least that death is most persistently disputed. It's just fine as it is. The production company became known as Associated Dragon. The method he hit upon was to run away from them, so he got up and ran, but every time he put his foot down, there was another step, and all this while his shadow kept up with him too without the slightest difficulty.
Chase a Crooked Shadow is directed by Michael Anderson and written by David D. A man shows up at Kimberley Prescott's Spanish villa claiming to be her brother. And Julian Bream's wonderful guitar. Actress Baxter has a well-known tendency to over-emote. Both the stars do well, but the underlying reason for this particular gambit is a bit far fetched for my taste. Anderson had a very long and fairly interesting career as a director in a variety of genres.
Kim assumes they plan to drown her and runs into the house. The twists and jolts are deftly handled and the finale is a delightful bolt from the blue. The guitar music that forms a significant part of the soundtrack is played by. Kimberly is flabbergasted, her brother died in a car accident and she identified his body. She is seeking seclusion after a series of family tragedies the year before - her father committed suicide and her brother Ward was killed in a car accident. The acting is excellent from all concerned, and the pacing is superb. I have to admit, I am a sucker for a plot with a good twist.
The twist here it comes that the man pretending to be her brother was in fact an undercover police officer trying to drive her mad and eke out a confession of murder just felt way too far fetched for me. 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. But is he or isn't he? During one coach journey, the courier told us that the mountain road that we were now on was the scene of a fast car drive in a film made a couple of years previously, called 'Chase a Crooked Shadow'. View on the film: Unlike their spotless transfers for Ealing Studios and Jacques Becker's work, Optimum Releasing bring out a transfer which features some big lines of dirt,that become distracting when they appear during the close-ups. I knew him late in life, and, like John Mills, he was always impeccably dressed and had the most perfect manners and gentility. It would be somewhat counterproductive for an undercover team to bring a corpse to justice.