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Alias Nick Beal (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Film-Noir | 4 March 1949 (USA)
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.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Jonathan Latimer (screenplay), Mindret Lord (original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Nick Beal
Audrey Totter ... Donna Allen
Thomas Mitchell ... Joseph Foster
George Macready ... Rev. Thomas Garfield
Fred Clark ... Frankie Faulkner
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Martha Foster
Henry O'Neill ... Judge Hobson
Darryl Hickman ... Larry Price
Nestor Paiva ... Karl
King Donovan ... Peter Wolfe
Charles Evans ... Paul Norton
Ernö Verebes ... Mr. Cox - Tailor (as Erno Verebes)
Douglas Spencer ... Henry T. Finch
Arlene Jenkins Arlene Jenkins ... Aileen - the Fosters' Maid
Pepito Pérez Pepito Pérez ... Poster Man (as Pepito Perez)
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Storyline

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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The shock-filled story of a man whose love was more dangerous than a loaded gun! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Circle See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The waterfront bar was a recreation of San Francisco's historic First and Last Chance Saloon. See more »

Goofs

approx 53:30... mic and boom shadow to left of door as "Donna" rushes Foster out the door of her apartment. See more »

Quotes

Rev. Thomas Garfield: Behind the decision of every man, I've found there's generally a woman.
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Said I To My Heart, Said I
Written by Earl Robinson & E.Y. Harburg
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Otherworldly fantasy meets film noir with Satan as a racketeer
12 May 2003 | by zippgunSee all my reviews

A rare film-strange considering its many virtues.Ray Milland is perfect as cool diabolical devil in disguise Nick Beal.Thomas Mitchell is a modern Faust who accepts evil methods as a means of becoming Governor (ironically to do good deeds when in office!)Audrey Totter plays an archetypal 40's "dame" splendidly-tough,sexy with pretty elastic principles,but with a conscience under the varnish.This movie is full of great scenes -director John Farrow always gets it just right-I don't think he ever reached these heights again-watch the moment in the apartment where Donna realizes with horror that both she and Foster are saying exactly the words Beal said they would,and the scene where Beal surprises Donna at the station by sliding the cigarette case down the bar.The only real minus for some audiences today is the "studiobound" production,though for me this enhances the claustrophobic "noir" atmosphere of the film.The splendid Franz Waxman score nicely complements the action.


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