Chase a Crooked Shadow | 1958 | Richard Todd, Anne Baxter

If Hitchcock had been a B-movie director, the result might have looked something like this. The plot is certainly worthy of the master, but for all its twist-laden excitement, it lacks the spark of classic thriller material. Richard Todd stars as the supposedly dead man who returns to the family fold to collect his inheritance, much to the shock of his sister (Anne Baxter) who begins to wonder whether her long-departed sibling’s sudden appearance is just a figment of her imagination. It’s a routine plot, but done well, with just enough surprising moments and decent acting to scrape by.

Richard Todd as Williams, alias Ward McKenzie Prescott Jr.
Anne Baxter as Kimberley Prescott
Herbert Lom as Police Commissar Vargas
Faith Brook as Elaine Whitman
Alan Tilvern as Carlos
Alexander Knox as Chandler Bridson
Thelma D’Aguiar as Maria

Director: Michael Anderson
Script: David D. Osborn, Charles Sinclair

UK | 87 minutes | 1958


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