Eleanor Parker in Chain Lightning

In 1950, Eleanor Parker was teamed up with Humphrey Bogart, one of the biggest stars at Warner Brothers, for Chain Lightning. Even though Eleanor Parker's role in this film about experimental aviation was ultimately thankless (she didn't have all that much to do in the movie), it was still nice to see these two great stars share the screen. Chain Lightning is not generally all that well remembered and most reviews I have read have ranged from lukewarm to mediocre (even people that seemed to like the film seemingly still have some reservations). It's a fun movie, not meant to be taken too seriously, basically a B-movie that has been elevated with superior special effects and star casting. Some professional reviews have commented on the slow pacing of Chain Lightning and yes, it does move along at a leisurely pace before gaining a certain momentum towards the end.

Eleanor Parker looks great in Chain Lightning and has definite chemistry with Humphrey Bogart. She makes the most of her time on screen but still doesn't have all that much to work with. This low-key film almost seems like the calm before the storm of her next movie, Caged, in which she gives a bravura performance as a prison inmate.

Here are some images of Eleanor Parker in Chain Lightning:

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