Blind Alley

Blind Alley

Chester Morris
Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Chester Morris
Chester Morris
, Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
, Ann Dvorak
Ann Dvorak
Charles Vidor




Blind Alley, directed by Charles Vidor is a chilling psychological drama in the film-noir tradition reminiscent of the fine melodrama The Desperate Hours. Hal Wilson (Chester Morris) is an escaped killer who hides out in the home of noted psychologist Dr. Shelby (Ralph Bellamy). While Wilson's gang holds Shelby's family and servants hostage, the pipe-smoking mental doctor calmly tries to discover the reasons for Wilson's murderous proclivities. As gun moll Mary (Ann Dvorak) covers Shelby, Wilson willingly allows the doctor to psychoanalyze him, using hypnosis to trace the killer's childhood. Blind Alley works as a "film noir" complete with surrealistic dream sequences. A taut story and moody cinematography by Lucien Ballard -- with sharp direction from Vidor, and superlative acting by Morris and Bellamy -- earn this film noir entry a top spot in the genre. The film was remade scene-for-scene in 1949 as The Dark Past, with William Holden as the killer and Lee J. Cobb as the unflappable head shrinker.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2011
UPC: 0043396377950
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Mod
Presentation: [B&W]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chester Morris Hal Wilson
Ralph Bellamy Dr. Shelby
Ann Dvorak Mary
Joan Perry Linda Curtis
Melville Cooper George Curtis
Rosa Stradner Doris Shelby
Ann Doran Agnes
Marc Lawrence Buck
Stanley Brown Fred Landis
Scotty Beckett Davy Shelby
Milburn Stone Nick
Marie Blake Harriot
John Eldredge Dick Holbrook
Eddie Acuff State trooper
John Hamilton Warden
Grady Sutton Holmes the student

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Lionel Banks Art Director
Michael Blankfort Screenwriter
Albert Duffy Screenwriter
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred Kohlmar Associate Producer
Philip MacDonald Screenwriter
Lewis Meltzer Screenwriter
Otto Meyer Editor
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer

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