ALIAS NICK BEAL
1949, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow

A true noir rarity! The Faust legend is played out as a supernatural noir thriller, with Ray Milland as the suave devil tempting ambitious DA Thomas Mitchell and fallen woman Audrey Totter in this dark and devious doppelgänger of Capra's IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.


TENSION
1949, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: John Berry

Vampy sexpot Audrey Totter is married to mild-mannered druggist Richard Basehart - but she sleeps with every “real man” she sees. So Basehart takes the noir way out - kill his wife’s lover and disappear into a new identity. But cops Barry Sullivan and William Conrad smell a rat. Then Audrey and Barry eye each other ... and the tension is stretched to the breaking point. John Berry’s expert direction steamrolls plot holes flat - and Audrey is a 100-proof hoot.


MAN IN THE DARK
1953, Sony Repertory, 70 min, USA, Dir: Lew Landers

A long-lost noir in fully restored 3-D and glorious black-and-white! Pinched by the cops after pulling off a big heist, crook Steve Rawley (Edmond O’Brien) undergoes an experimental operation to eliminate his criminal urges. It also makes him forget where he hid the loot ... much to the consternation of his old gang and his itchy-fingered girlfriend (Audrey Totter). Fortunately, clues pop up (literally!) in Rawley’s dreams, and soon he’s leading the crooks and cops on a careening hunt for the money, culminating in a spectacular chase through Santa Monica’s creepy old Pacific Ocean Park! NOT ON DVD!


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