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  1. Hi! Tony,
    What a very interesting synopsis of the 1949 film Alias Nick Beal Starring Ray Milland and Audrey Totter.
    (Who is one of the two surviving members, the other is actress Coleen Gray,(“Kiss of Death,” “Nightmare Alley,” “Kansas City Confidential,” “The Sleeping City,” and ”The Killing,”)of the six noir dames that were featured in author Eddie Muller’s book Dark City Dames.)

    Tony said, “The jaws snap shut at the instant of redemption. But a noir ending would have had the hapless DA disappearing into the fog en-route to the Island of Almas Perdidas.”
    So True…So True!

    The screenshot is…perfect!
    By the way, I use to own a copy of this film, but I gave all my copies to friends. Therefore, I must seek out another copy.
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;)

  2. Aye Dee Dee, this is an excellent capsule of a sadly underappreciated noir. It’s probably John Farrow’s best film, and it features one of Ray Milland’s finest performances. But the deceit of never showing Milland’s profile works superby, and the shadows are beautifully negotiated by Lionel Linden. The noir essense of course segues into fantasy – a take on the Faust legend. The film’s subtle ‘suggestiveness’ has it working on another level, and Franz Waxman, a golden age great wrote the fine, atmospheric score. Some critics have taken issue with the religious redemption mtif at the end, but for me it was wholly appropriate as the worm had turned by then.

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