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Alias Nick Beal (1949)

A district attorney rises to political success and the governorship but loses his sense of morality once he starts associating with the shadowy and perhaps diabolical Nick Beal.

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Joseph Foster
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Rev. Thomas Garfield
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Frankie Faulkner
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Martha Foster
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Judge Ben Hobson
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Larry Price
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Karl
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Peter Wolfe
Charles Evans ...
Paul Norton
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Mr. Cox - the Tailor
Arlene Jenkins ...
Aileen
Pepito Pérez ...
Poster Man (as Pepito Perez)
Joey Ray ...
Tommy Ray
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Righteous district attorney Joseph Foster's main goal in life is to rid his city of the gangsters infesting it. In order to be even more efficient in his war against crime he plans to run for governor. One day he meets a strange, shadowy man, Nick Beal, who offers to help him to achieve his end. Beal convinces hesitating Foster by dint of easy money, easy sex with an alluring young woman and the promise of easy success. Joseph Foster soon becomes an influential politician but a corrupt one. A minister of God manages to show him that he has been the plaything of the so-called Nick Beal, who might be "Old Nick" , that is to say Satan himself. Foster then decides to resign and to become an honest man again. Written by Guy Bellinger

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No man ever held more terrible power over women than this tall dark handsome stranger from nowhere! See more »


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4 March 1949 (USA)  »

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Alias Nicky Beal  »

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 8, 1949 with Ray Milland reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Martha Foster: He's gone. But where?
Rev. Thomas Garfield: I wouldn't ask. You've won. That's the important thing. Forget him. Go home.
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Said I To My Heart, Said I
Written by Earl Robinson & E.Y. Harburg
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Please to meet you/Won't you guess my name?
3 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

It is a pity that the young audience should remember Ray Milland as the nasty father in "love story" whereas he made more classics than the lovers of this soap opera:" lost weekend " "dial M for murder" "the major and the minor" "ministry of fear" and of course" the big clock" ,a good thriller by John Farrow;the list is long.

"Alias Beal" is also a Farrow's winner .It was not the first time a man had sold his soul to the devil but it was perhaps the first he had got the subject mixed up with politics,a quarter of century before "the omen" .Milland's restrained performance predates De Niro's in "Angel Heart" by almost forty years.Certain aspects of "Devil's advocate "(1997) are also present.The female character is not very interesting ,but Ray Milland and Charles Laughton easily make up for it.


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