Alias Nick Beal

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Alias Nick Beal
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Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Endre Bohem
Written by Jonathan Latimer
Mindret Lord (story)
Starring Ray Milland
Audrey Totter
Thomas Mitchell
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • March 4, 1949 (1949-03-04)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Alias Nick Beal is a 1949 mystery film retelling of the Faust myth directed by John Farrow and starring Ray Milland, Audrey Totter and Thomas Mitchell (although third-billed, Mitchell plays the leading role). The picture is also known as Dark Circle, Strange Temptation and Alias Nicky Beal.


Critical reaction[edit]

A 1949 review of the film in The New York Times notes that, "Due to the fine acting and the wily direction, the story plays exceptionally well, but the script tends to be somewhat wobbly and indecisive upon reflection."[1] Film4 commented on the leading man's performance, "Milland is outstanding as the personification of evil—a talent often obscured by his charm and early juvenile good looks."[2]


A 35mm print recently struck from a studio vault print was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art on November 2, 2013. As of that date, the film could not be shown on television or released as a DVD due to legal complications and could only be seen during individual theatrical exhibitions of that print.


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