Cut to the chase
I am curious about the origin of the phrase "cut to the chase." I assume it from some Olde English hunt club but does anyone know the true origin?
I don't have my references with me right now, but I'm fairly certain it's from the early days of film, the Kestone Cops come to mind in particular, in which the drama is kept tight by "cutting" (rapidly transitioning) to the sequence involving the chase in order to hold the audience's attention.
Lewis Joplin II
Here's what I guessing it refers to: the car chase at the end of many movies. Writers can't come up with a good ending so they just stick in a car chase.
Frank Pierce
Of course, the original question was "out of the chase" but the expression "cut to the chase" is indeed a term from current film writing. The first time I heard it, about ten years or more ago, a group of people were looking over an action TV script which dragged miserably before the second plot point. "I think we'd better cut it to the chase right now" was the proposed remedy.

By extension, this was picked up to mean generally, let's get rid of the extraneous stuff and get on with the story.

I'm not at all sure that this has anything to do with "out of the chase" which immediately comes to mind when I think of fox-hunting.

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