Alias Nick Beal Overview:

Alias Nick Beal (1949) was a Mystery - Drama Film directed by John Farrow and produced by Endre Bohem.

SYNOPSIS

In this modern retelling of the Faust story, an honorable judge who believes he can better serve society in a higher office makes a pact with a mysterious benefactor who is really Lucifer - alias Nick Beal - and whose identity is not revealed until the judge climbs the political ladder to become governor of his state. It is up to the governor, along with a faithful friend and his supportive wife, to outwit Lucifer and save his soul from damnation.

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Alias Nick Beal (1949): Ray Milland’s a Devil

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 21, 2020 From 4 Star Films

This is my entry in the CMBA Politics on Film Blogathon. Alias Nick Beal handily flips the paradigm of cinematic angels in vogue with Hollywood, specifically during the 1940s. You could make a whole subgenre out of them. As its name suggests, the lynchpin character of the whole movie is Nick, though... Read full article


Alias Nick Beal (1949)

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

It's a story as old as time. A mortal sells his soul to the devil for what he really wants only to suffer the consequences later. Bargaining with evil always comes at a cost. "I'd give my soul to nail him." - Joseph Foster Joseph Foster (Thomas Mitchell) is a good man by all accounts. He's devot... Read full article


Alias Nick Beal (1949)

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

It's a story as old as time. A mortal sells his soul to the devil for what he really wants only to suffer the consequences later. Bargaining with evil always comes at a cost. "I'd give my soul to nail him." - Joseph Foster Joseph Foster (Thomas Mitchell) is a good man by all accounts. He's devot... Read full article


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Quotes from

Rev. Thomas Garfield: Behind the decision of every man, I've found there's generally a woman.


Rev. Thomas Garfield: Oh, Mr. Beal. I've been trying to place your face for over a month now.
Nick Beal: Maybe you'd better give up.
Rev. Thomas Garfield: Did anyone ever paint your portrait?
Nick Beal: Yes. Yes, Rembrandt in 1655.


Rev. Thomas Garfield: Would you object, Joseph?
[to running for governor]
Joseph Foster: I don't know. It's a bit sudden.
[smiling]
Joseph Foster: I sound like a girl receiving a first proposal, don't I?


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Facts about

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 28, 1950 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
A marquee from Loew's Delancy Theater (NYC) showing this film is shown near the end of The Naked City behind actor Paul Ford.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 8, 1949 with Ray Milland reprising his film role.
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