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Alias Nick Beal

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Genre Drama
Format Import, PAL
Contributor Ray Milland, Darryl Hickman, John Farrow, Geraldine Wall, King Donovan, Henry O'Neill, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready, Audrey Totter, Nestor Paiva, Fred Clark See more
Language English, Italian
Runtime 88 minutes

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Italy released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Italian ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Posters, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. ...Alias Nick Beal

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English, Italian
  • Director ‏ : ‎ John Farrow
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Import, PAL
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 88 minutes
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell, George Macready, Fred Clark
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ Italian
  • Language ‏ : ‎ Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ A & R Productions
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TQRL4FS
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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William de Lay
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Fascinating Exploration Of Good And Evil, With Some Clever Twists
Reviewed in the United States on 26 August 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY REVIEW
Reviewed in the United States on 17 July 2021
Even though no crime is committed, Kino-Lorber is marketing ‘Alias Nick Beal’ (Paramount 1943) as Film Noir.
Unless you think selling your soul to the devil is a crime.
Thomas Mitchell is a politician who sells his soul to the devil, played by Ray Milland.
The devil uses Audrey Totter as the femme fatale to lure his victim.
TCM Noir Alley host Eddie Muller, in the audio commentary, describes this as “Faust-noir”, based on the Faust legend, best remembered for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 1832 dramatization.

Come to think of it, Ray Milland does murder a guy, but he was a minor character and easily overlooked.
The Hollywood Production Code required that murderers be punished by the end of the film, but apparently this didn’t apply to Satan.
Professional courtesy.
Audrey Totter was a film noir icon, and her presence in the cast, plus the stark black and white cinematography, are the film’s principal claims to film noir status.
Kino-Lorber supplies English subtitles + a selection of Ray Milland movie trailers + an audio commentary by Eddie Muller.

Eddie Muller used to do a lot of audio commentaries for DVDs, but this is his first one in four years, since he took over hosting duties for TCM’s Noir Alley.
I liked this film, and I liked it a lot more after listening to his commentary (Ray Milland really is doing an Evil Cary Grant impersonation).
But I still don’t think it’s film noir.

This was not the first time Hollywood had dramatized the Faust legend, but prior to this, the devil was usually treated for laughs (it was different in European cinema).
Six years earlier, the Faust legend was presented as a musical comedy with an all-Black cast in ‘Cabin in the Sky’ (MGM 1943), which is also highly recommended.

Left to Right in each photo:
Victim: Eddie “Rochester” Anderson in ‘Cabin in the Sky’ / Thomas Mitchell: in ‘Alias Nick Beal’
Femme-Fatale: Lena Horne in ‘Cabin in the Sky’ / Audrey Totter in ‘Alias Nick Beal’
Devil: Rex Ingram in ‘Cabin in the Sky’ / Ray Milland in ‘Alias Nick Beal’
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Alyce
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but sound is distorted.
Reviewed in the United States on 13 August 2021
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bonnie dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2021
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Lebowski Achiever
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Not so great blu-ray…
Reviewed in the United States on 3 August 2022
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