Review: ‘Blind Alley’

In attempting to delve into the psychopathic reasons why a criminal carries a killer complex, Blind Alley holds moderate interest [Pic is based on a play by James Warwick].

In attempting to delve into the psychopathic reasons why a criminal carries a killer complex, Blind Alley holds moderate interest [Pic is based on a play by James Warwick].

Chester Morris gives a vigorous portrayal of the killer, while Ralph Bellamy contrasts with a quiet and self-assured role of the professor of psychology. Balance of cast provides adequate support, and direction, by Charles Vidor, although slow in several spots, is okay.

Morris is aided in prison break by group of former associates, and gang winds up in weekend home of Bellamy to make prisoners of the family and guests. Setup allows mental conflict between the criminal and psychologist to generate through dramatic phases while Bellamy proceeds to uncover the subconscious basis for Morris’ killing mania.

Blind Alley

Production

Columbia. Director Charles Vidor; Producer Fred Kohlmar (assoc.); Screenplay Philip MacDonald, Michael Blankfort, Albert Duffy; Camera Lucien Ballard; Editor Otto Meyer; Music Morris Stoloff (dir.); Art Director Lionel Banks

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 68 MIN.

With

Chester Morris Ralph Bellamy Ann Dvorak Joan Perry Melville Cooper Rose Stradner
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