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Alias Nick Beal

4.5 out of 5 stars 68 ratings

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Genre Mystery & Suspense/Film Noir
Format Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic
Runtime 1 hour and 33 minutes

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From John Farrow, the outstanding director of Wake Island, Calcutta, The Big Clock, Night Has a Thousand Eyes and Hondo, comes this shock-filled film noir starring Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend), Audrey Totter (The Set-Up), Thomas Mitchell (Stagecoach) and George Macready (Gilda). Joseph Foster (Mitchell) is an honest district attorney who wants to run for governor in order to clean up the criminal underworld. Blocked by corrupt political forces, Foster would practically have to make a deal with the Devil to reach his goal. Enter Nick Beal (Milland), a diabolically handsome gent with a slick line of patter and a smooth, infallible method of getting things done. Foster agrees to a deal, and to bind the bargain, Beal sends out one of his most trusted associates, Donna Allen (Totter), to keep Foster in line. When Foster finally realizes that he’s sold his soul, there seems to be no way out... but that’s when the forces of Good switch into high gear.

Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Eddie Muller
-Theatrical Trailer

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  • Package Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 19.1 x 13.5 x 1.7 cm; 70 Grams
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Anamorphic
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 33 minutes
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Kl Studio Classics
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B092KN9VCF
  • 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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John Fowler
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Reviewed in the United States on 17 July 2021
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John Fowler
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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bonnie dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2021
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but sound is distorted.
Reviewed in the United States on 13 August 2021
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Mark Mcgee
4.0 out of 5 stars DECENT PICTURE QUALITY
Reviewed in the United States on 21 July 2021
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