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The Great Chase
The Great Chase
Actors: Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, Buster Keaton, Richard Barthelmess
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Documentary
NR     1999     1hr 17min

A cavalcade of the most hair-raising pursuits in silent films. From the earliest days of motion pictures, the chase has been an integral ingredient for thrills and comic delight. "The Great Chase" traces the development of...  more »


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Actors: Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, Buster Keaton, Richard Barthelmess
Creators: Harvey Cort, Paul Killiam, Saul J. Turell
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Classic Comedies, Documentary
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 06/08/1999
Original Release Date: 12/20/1962
Theatrical Release Date: 12/20/1962
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

You'll need water after this 'chaser'
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 08/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mr. Frank Gallop narrates THE GREAT CHASE, a 1962 documentary that highlights action footage from such silent movie favorites as Buster Keaton's "The General" (1927), Pearl White in "The Perils of Pauline" (1914), Douglas Fairbanks in a swashbuckling "The Mark of Zorro" (1920), Edison's pioneering "The Great Train Robbery" (1903), William S. Hart's last film, "Tumbleweeds" (1925) and D.W. Griffith's unparalleled "Way Down East" (1920).

The music track features Larry Adler on harmonica. There's also sound effects that add nicely to the on-screen action.

The only DVD of THE GREAT CHASE is an IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT disc released in 1999. This long out-of-print collector's item sells used (when you can find it) for $60 to $100.

Two other silent-era documentaries are available on a single low-priced DVD: Genius Entertainment's FIRST KINGS OF COMEDY COLLECTION contains Robert Youngson's Oscar-winning "The Golden Age of Comedy" (1957) plus its sequel, "When Comedy Was King" (1960).

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(7.5) The Great Chase (1962) - Archive footage of: Lillian Gish/Douglas Fairbanks/William S. Hart/Buster Keaton/Richard Barthelmess/Rod La Rocque/Marion Mack/Ruth Roland/Pearl White/Mack Sennett (Frank Gallop, narrator)"
Great chase worth the chase
Lil McGill | Rhode Island | 02/23/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This dvd has been great to use in my High School Film Class. Marvelous early gems and the right amount of commentary. The two main forms of early editing, thrilling serials with "continued next week, and a marvelous swashbuckling Zorro. Great Silent Cinema in bite size bits. I wish they would re-release it to make finding it easier!"