Borden Chase


Author, Screenwriter

About

Also Known As
Frank Fowler
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
January 11, 1900
Died
March 09, 1971

Biography

Allegedly getting his nominal inspiraton from Borden Milk and Chase-Manhattan Bank, he went through an assortment of jobs including the building of New York's Holland Tunnel before turning, first to short stories and novels, and then to screenwriting with "Under Pressure" (1935), based on his Holland Tunnel experience. Chase provided the story for Anthony Mann's first film, "Dr. Broadway...

Biography

Allegedly getting his nominal inspiraton from Borden Milk and Chase-Manhattan Bank, he went through an assortment of jobs including the building of New York's Holland Tunnel before turning, first to short stories and novels, and then to screenwriting with "Under Pressure" (1935), based on his Holland Tunnel experience. Chase provided the story for Anthony Mann's first film, "Dr. Broadway" (1942), but his screenplays for the director's 1950s westerns ("Winchester '73" 1950, "Bend of the River" 1952 and "The Far Country" 1954) are his crowning achievments.

Life Events

1935

First film as screenwriter "Under Pressure"

Videos

Movie Clip

Lone Star (1952) - Moonlight Was Meant For Lovers Clark Gable is still not revealing his identity, as a supporter of Texas annexation sent by Andrew Jackson, but Texan Martha (Ava Gardner) has grown interested in him, separating themselves from the crowd at an Austin dinner party, with an un-credited song, in MGM's Lone Star, 1952.
Bend Of The River (1952) - Having A Little Trouble? Trail guide McClintock (James Stewart) visits Portland where his buddy Cole (Arthur Kennedy) has signed on with the saloon, along with would-be settler Laura (Julie Adams), but they re-unite when supplier Hendricks (Howard Petrie) makes trouble, gambler Wilson (Rock Hudson) offering backup, in Anthony Mann's Bend Of The River, 1952.
Winchester '73 - The Gun That Won The West Opening the first in the series of seminal Westerns directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart who, with sidekick Millard Mitchell, rides into Dodge City on the day of the nation's centennial, meeting a chilled out Will Geer and fuming Shelley Winters, in Winchester '73, 1950.
Winchester '73 - Shiloh And Bull Run Lin and High Spade (James Stewart, Millard Mitchell) continuing their trek at night, encounter Indians, then Cavalry commanded by Wilkes (Jay C. Flippen), also acquaintance Lola (Shelley Winters) and her beau Steve (Charles Drake), trouble brewing, in Anthony Mann's Winchester '73, 1950.
Winchester '73 - Meant To Kill A White Woman Mean scenes for supporting players, Dutch Henry (Stephen McNally) with sidekicks (Steve Brodie, James Millican) and stolen rifle meets storekeeper Riker (John Alexander) and savvy Indian trader Lamont (John McIntire), in Anthony Mann's Winchester '73, starring James Stewart.
Bend Of The River (1952) - What Law? McLyntock (James Stewart) tangles with the miners (Jack Lambert, Henry Morgan) trying to get out of hauling supplies from the riverboat to the settlement, backed up by Cole and Wilson (Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson), Julia Adams and her dad (Jay C. Flippen) joining the wagon train, in Anthony Mann’s Bend Of The River, 1952.
Lone Star (1952) - I'd Call Her A Lot Of Woman Clark Gable is hiding the fact that he’s an ally of (ex) President Andrew Jackson sent to advocate Texas’ annexation into the union, especially from tough cattleman Craden (Broderick Crawford), arriving in Austin, 1845, where he meets second-billed Ava Gardner as publisher Martha, in Lone Star, 1952.
Lone Star (1952) - Annexation Means War Lionel Barrymore is a cranky, benevolent ex-president Andrew Jackson, Beulah Bondi his gal Friday, and they’re pleased that Clark Gable as Burke, supporting their plan to annex Texas, is arriving in Tennessee to wrangle spineless politicians (Charles Cane, Roy Gordon et al), early in Lone Star, 1952.
Lone Star (1952) - You Aim To Stop Him? Clark Gable is Devereaux Burke, headed from Tennessee to Texas where he’ll be organizing support for annexation into the United States, when he gets a lucky chance to rescue a key rival (Broderick Crawford as Craden) from Indians, not revealing his identity, in Lone Star, 1952.
Far Country, The (1955) - Seattle, 1896 A good stiff Anthony Mann opening, though with a different setting in 1896 Seattle, James Stewart arrives with cattle, greeted by partner Walter Brennan, disciplining the two hands (Terry Frost, Don Harvey) he didn’t kill, opening the Alaska Gold Rush Western, The Far Country, 1955.
Far Country, The (1955) - Nobody Can Tell Her Anything James Stewart as Webster, cattle man from Wyoming, with partner Walter Brennan, tangles with Ronda Castle (Ruth Roman, backed up by Steve Brodie), who’s hired him drive supplies to the gold strike in the Alaskan interior, explaining afterwards to the admiring Renee (Corinne Calvet), in The Far Country, 1955, from director Anthony Mann.
Winchester '73 (1950) - You Know About Custer? Director Anthony Mann's Western veers toward the Horror genre, as Indian trader Lamont (John McIntire), who has just snatched the titular rifle for himself, meets with his customer Young Bull (Rock Hudson), in Winchester '73, 1950, starring James Stewart.

Trailer

Winchester '73 - (Re-issue Trailer) A man (James Stewart) combs the West in search of his stolen rifle. Co-starring Shelley Winters. Directed by Anthony Mann.
Destroyer - (Re-issueTrailer) The crew of a torpedoed ship fights to take out an enemy sub in Destroyer (1943) starring Edward G. Robinson and Glenn Ford.
Bend of the River - (Original Trailer) A westerner (James Stewart) with a questionable past leads a wagon train into the Oregon territory in Bend of the River (1952) co-starring Rock Hudson and Arthur Kennedy, directed by Anthony Mann.
Far Country, The -- (Original Trailer) Two cowboys on the road to Alaska help a wagon train in trouble in Anthony Mann's The Far Country (1955) starring James Stewart.
Night Passage - (Original Trailer) James Stewart's guarding the railroad's money and his brother Audie Murphy is out to take it in the western adventure Night Passage (1957).
This Man's Navy - (Original Trailer) The director of Wings (1927), William Wellman, turns his attention to dirigibles in This Man's Navy (1945) starring Wallace Beery.
Vera Cruz - (Original Trailer) During the Mexican Revolution, rival mercenaries team up to steal a fortune in gold in Vera Cruz (1954) starring Gary Cooper.
Lone Star - (Original Trailer) A frontiersman helps out with Texas's fight for independence from Mexico in Lone Star (1952), starring Clark Gable & Ava Gardner.
Montana - (Original Trailer) An Australian (Errol Flynn) gets caught in the battle between ranchers and sheep men in Montana (1950).

Family

Barrie Chase
Daughter
Actor, dancer. Born 1934 in NYC.

Bibliography