Blind Alley (film)

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Blind Alley
Blind Alley FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Charles Vidor
Produced by Jack Fier (uncredited)
Written by James Warwick (play)
Philip MacDonald
Michael Blankfort
Albert Duffy
Lewis Meltzer (uncredited contribution to dialogue)
Starring Chester Morris
Ralph Bellamy
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Otto Meyer
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1939 (1939-05-11)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Blind Alley is a 1939 crime drama film directed by Charles Vidor.


Chester Morris plays a prison escapee who hides out with his gang in the home of a noted psychologist, played by Ralph Bellamy. Though a prisoner, the doctor begins delving into his captor's psyche.

The film was adapted from the Broadway play of the same name by James Warwick. It was remade as The Dark Past, with William Holden in the Morris role and Lee J. Cobb in Bellamy's.


Critical reception[edit]

David Sterritt of TCM praised Blind Alley's cinematography, and noted its influence on the home invasion subgenre.[1]

Radio adaptation[edit]

Blind Alley was presented on The Screen Guild Theatre February 25, 1940. The adaptation starred Edward G. Robinson and Joseph Calleia.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sterritt, David. "Blind Alley". TCM. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  2. ^ "Sunday Caller". Harrisburg Telegraph. February 24, 1940. p. 17. Retrieved July 20, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre". RadioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ "Screen Guild Theater". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 

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