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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.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Philip MacDonald (screen play), Michael Blankfort (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Hal Wilson
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Shelby
Ann Dvorak ... Mary
Joan Perry ... Linda Curtis
Melville Cooper ... George Curtis
Rose Stradner ... Doris Shelby
John Eldredge ... Dick Holbrook (as John Eldridge)
Ann Doran ... Agnes
Marc Lawrence ... Buck
Stanley Brown ... Fred Landis
Scotty Beckett ... Davy
Milburn Stone ... Nick
Marie Blake ... 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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Taglines:

STAND IN HIS WAY..AND DIE! (original 3-sheet poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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

Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(ca 1870) (uncredited)
(Cornell University's "Alma Mater")
Music (from the song "Annie Lisle") by H.S. Thompson (1857)
Played during the opening scene
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An escaped con hides out in the beachfront home of a psychiatrist and allows him to psychoanalyze him
4 May 2006 | by jandbclarkeSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was seven, 'way back in 1939. I had never seen anything like the dream sequence and the psychiatrist's explanation. They both were shot from the camera's viewpoint, something I wasn't to see again until Robert Montgomery's version of Raymond Chandler's "The Lady In The Lake. This stuck in my cerebellum since. The remake, "The Dark Past," with Wm. Holden wasn't quite as good, but then I was older and more sophisticated when I saw that one. And, anyone who says Chester Morris couldn't act obviously hasn't seen "The Big House," "Three Godfathers" (not the John Wayne one), or any of the Boston Blackie movies. P.S. Where are the Boston Blackie movies?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blind Alley See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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