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Blind Alley (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 May 1939 (USA)
Gangster Hal Wilson takes psychiatrist Dr. Shelby hostage. While captive, the doctor analyzes Wilson as though he were a patient.

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Mary
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Linda Curtis
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George Curtis
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Doris Shelby
John Eldredge ...
Dick Holbrook (as John Eldridge)
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Agnes
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Buck
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Fred Landis
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Davy
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Nick
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Harriet
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Storyline

Following a prison break, Hal Wilson, a ruthless killer takes refuge in the home of a psychiatrist, Dr. Shelby. While Wilson is attempting to make a safe getaway, Dr. Shelby is busily trying to analyze his captor and find out just what, in his dark past, made him the man he now has become. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Piercing the Unholy Mysteries of a Killer's Gun-Crazed Mind! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Passed | See all certifications »
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11 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Afsporet  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Warwick's play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 24 September 1935 and closed in January 1936 after 119 performances. The opening night cast included George Coulouris as Dr. Shelby and Roy Hargrave as Hal Wilson. Also in the cast were Jay Adler, Lloyd Barry, Ruth Fallows, Mabel Montgomery, James Truex and Katherine Warren. See more »

Goofs

The gangster's fingers are supposedly paralyzed, but when he pushes the "Insanity and the Criminal Mind" book back onto the shelf, you can clearly see him flick it into place with one of his "paralyzed" fingers. See more »

Connections

Version of Blind Alley (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E flat major
(1830-31) (uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by Rose Stradner
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The Shrink and the Screwball
11 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This thriller isn't a bad way to spend 69 minutes, thanks to some decent acting, a good supporting cast of character players, and fast pacing. But the novelty of psychoanalysis-as-solution has worn off after 70 years, and most modern audiences have heard the "blame the parents" ploy so often that it seems hackneyed. The director includes some special effects which also might have seemed novel at the time but now seem amateurish.

Ralph Bellamy plays a teacher of psychoanalysis who has to put his theories to work on a mad killer who has decided to use the prof's country house as a temporary hideaway. Chester Morris is the trigger-happy escaped con in a part that would have been more compelling with Cagney or Bogie in the role. This adapted play is stage-bound but keeps enough interest going to make you stay put for the explosive ending.

Watch for John "Perry White" Hamilton in a very small, non-speaking part.


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