Chase a Crooked Shadow

Date: 1958
Director: Michael Anderson
Production Company: Associated Dragon

Stars: Richard Todd, Anne Baxter, Herbert Lom, Alexander Knox, Faith Brook
Location(s): Catalonia (Spain)

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Storyline:

An heiress is driven to the brink of insanity when a stranger shows up claiming to be her brother who had supposedly died in a car accident.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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The scene is set with views of Barcelona while 80 miles away, on the coast at Tamariu, Kimberley Prescott recovers after her father's recent suicide and the death of her brother Ward in a motoring accident a year earlier. This is intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona 08007.

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Looking towards Placa d’Espanya at the intersection of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Carrer de la Creu Coberta, Carrer de Tarragona, Avinguda del Paral·lel and Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina with Arenas de Barcelona in the centre left background. To the left stands Hotel No. 1 which stood between 1929 and 1990 when it was replaced by the current Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza.

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In a darkened room behind shuttered windows, two conspirators watch a cine film featuring Tamariu and Villa del Mar. Plaça Reial in Barcelona, Catalonia.

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Morning dawns after the evening that a man claiming to be Kimberley’s brother arrives at Villa del Mar. This modernist building is La Musclera, standing back from Carrer de la Perica in the Palafrugell to the south of Tamariu.

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Kimberley Prescott (Anne Baxter), comes out of the house to find the man she cannot accept as Ward McKenzie Prescott (Richard Todd) sitting with Elaine Whitman (Faith Brook). The terrace of La Musclera.

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The young heiress runs from the terrace when she discovers that her Uncle has been told that she is away and that her maid Maria has been replaced by a butler, Carlos.

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Elaine watches Kimberley as she descends to the beach house, followed by Ward. Looking down from the terrace at La Musclera on the rocky and steep coastline of the Mosclera between Cala Pedrosa and Sa Perica.

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Taking her car, Kimberley drives to the house of Chandler Brisson.

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Finding that Uncle Chan has gone fishing, Kimberley drives into town. Facing south on Carrer de Tauler i Servià in Palamós.

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Looking toward Avenue Onze de Setembre from Carrer de Tauler i Servià.

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The car is parked near the harbour before Kimberley calls on Police Commissar Vargas to persuade him to investigate the stranger who has taken residence in the family villa. Avenue Onze de Setembre.

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Coming out of the Commissar’s office, Kimberley discovers that her car is missing. Casa Cuartel de la Guardia Civil translates to Barrack House of the Civil Guard

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Ward arrives in Kimberley’s car. Looking up the steps of Carrer del Canó from Avenue Onze de Setembre in Palamós towards the junction with Carrer de les Notaries and Carrer de la Creu.

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Looking down from his office balcony, Police Commissar Vargas (Herbert Lom) watches as the two drive away. Avenue Onze de Setembre in Palamós.

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After a drive along the GI-682 road from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Tossa de Mar, the 1937 Lagonda LG 45R Rapide, Ward pulls over

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The view is admired before Kimberley is offered a cigarette from a case that she recognises as one that she gave to her brother.

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Having timed the frighteningly fast journey back into town the two head for a bar where Ward pressures Kimberley about diamonds stolen from her Father’s company. Passeig del Mar in Tamariu.

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Commissar Vargas appears and watches the two talking together on the beach. Tamariu on the Costa Brava in Spain.

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Arriving back at the villa, Kimberley is happy to see her Uncle Chandler (Alexander Knox) and Commissar Vargas on the terrace. The terrace of La Musclera on Carrer de la Perica to the south of Tamariu.

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Carlos (Alan Tilvern) follows as Ward and Elaine lead Kimberley from the terrace.

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