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Director  John Farrow
Music director  Franz Waxman
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Language  English
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Screenplay  Jonathan Latimer
Country  United States
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Release date  March 4, 1949 (1949-03-04)
Writer  Jonathan Latimer (screenplay), Mindret Lord (original story)
Cast  Ray Milland (Nicholas 'Nick' Beal), Audrey Totter (Donna Allen), Thomas Mitchell (Joseph Foster), George Macready (Rev. Thomas Garfield), Fred Clark (Frankie Faulkner), Geraldine Wall (Martha Foster)
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Tagline  No man ever held more terrible power over women than this tall dark handsome stranger from nowhere!

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Alias Nick Beal is a 1949 film noir mystery film retelling of the Faust myth directed by John Farrow and starring Ray Milland, Audrey Totter and Thomas Mitchell (although third-billed, Mitchell plays the leading role). The picture is also known as Dark Circle, Strange Temptation and Alias Nicky Beal.

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Plot

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Joseph Foster (Thomas Mitchell) an honest district attorney wants to run for governor in order to clean up the criminal underworld but can't catch their leader Frankie Faulkner (Fred Clark) no matter how hard he tries. One day a smooth talking stranger named Nick Beal (Ray Milland) visits him at a café beside the docks and he makes a deal with him. Joseph begins his rise to power in the company of prostitute Donna Allen (Audrey Totter) who is sent by Nick to seduce him. But he gets out of his contract with the help of his loving wife Martha, (Geraldine Wall) and his friend Reverend Thomas Garfield (George Macready).

Cast

  • Ray Milland as Nick Beal
  • Audrey Totter as Donna Allen
  • Thomas Mitchell as Joseph Foster
  • George Macready as Reverend Thomas Garfield
  • Fred Clark as Frankie Faulkner
  • Geraldine Wall as Martha Foster
  • Henry O'Neill as Judge Ben Hobbs
  • Darryl Hickman as Larry Price
  • Nestor Paiva as Karl
  • King Donovan as Peter Wolfe
  • Charles Evans as Paul Norton
  • Ernö Verebes as Mr. Cox
  • Arlene Jenkins as Aileen
  • Pepito Pérez as Poster Man
  • Joey Ray as Tommy Ray
  • Stuart Holmes as Minister (uncredited)
  • Critical reaction

    A 1949 review of the film in The New York Times notes that, "Due to the fine acting and the wily direction, the story plays exceptionally well, but the script tends to be somewhat wobbly and indecisive upon reflection." Film4 commented on the leading man's performance, "Milland is outstanding as the personification of evil—a talent often obscured by his charm and early juvenile good looks."

    References

    Alias Nick Beal Wikipedia
    Alias Nick Beal IMDb Alias Nick Beal themoviedb.org


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