Alias Nick Beal
Directed by John Farrow with Ray Milland, Audrey Totter, Thomas Mitchell
1949, U.S. An update of the Faust story set in urban modernity, with Milland as the mysterious Nick Beal, the Mephistophelean tempter. District Attorney Joseph Foster (Mitchell) is after an elusive gangster when Beal—emerging from the fog—offers his assistance. The price to be paid is clear, as Farrow chillingly charts the initially law-abiding lawyer’s descent into corruption. With a notable hard-boiled turn from noir regular Audrey Totter, as the fallen woman Beal enlists to draw Foster away from his marriage. Presented on a new studio print. Special thanks to Paul Ginsberg, Universal. NOT ON DVD!
“An undeservedly neglected film which should rank high on the list of Farrow's best… [Note] his visual coup of never having Milland walk into a scene: the camera continually discovers him as it or a character moves, and suddenly there he is when seconds ago he was nowhere." — Time Out
Ray Milland, the debonair romantic leading man of 1930s Hollywood, took on hard-edged roles as he aged, appearing in a string of films noir in the 40s and 50s. Best known for his Oscar-winning role as an alcoholic writer in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend (1945) and his turn as the machinating, murderous husband in Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder (1954), Milland lent his suave, unflappable charm to both Alias Nick Beal and So Evil My Love . Each highlights the actor’s effectively understated style, his creation of icily villainous characters who are at once malicious and seductively charming.
Alias Nick Beal
June 10 @ 9pm
Bright Family Screening Room
$10. $7.50 for Members & Seniors. $5 for Students.
Black and White, 35mm