Alias Nick Beal (1948)

USA, 1948
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono (Western Electric Recording), English

An American fantasy film directed by John Farrow.


District attorney Joseph Foster enjoys a meteoric rise to power through the echelons of US . But how much of that success is due to the sinister and diabolical Nick Beal, and what will the ultimate cost of his help be to Foster and those around him?


* = uncredited

Directed by: John Farrow
Copyright MCMXLVIII [1948] by Paramount Pictures Inc.
A Paramount picture
Produced by: Endre Bohem
Production Managers: Stanley Goldsmith *, John Murphy *
Screenplay by: Jonathan Latimer
Original Story by: Mindret Lord [real name: Mildred Lord]
Assistant Director: Francisco Day
Script Supervisor: Charles Morton *
Director of Photography: Lionel Lindon
Camera Operator: William Rand *
Gaffer: Stanley Williams *
Grip: Charles Sickler *
Stills: Ed Henderson *
Editorial Supervision: Eda Warren
Music Score by: Franz Waxman
Sound Recording by: Philip Wisdom and Gene Garvin
Costumes: Mary Kay Dodson
Makeup Supervision: Wally Westmore, Delven Armstrong *, Ted Larson *
Hair: Gail McGarry *, Merle Reeves *
Art Direction: Hans Dreier and Franz Bachelin
Set Decoration: Sam Comer and Ross Dowd

Ray Milland (Nick Beal)
Audrey Totter (Donna Allen)
Thomas Mitchell (Joseph Foster)
George Macready (Rev. Thomas Garfield)
Fred Clark (Frankie Faulkner)
Geraldine Wall (Martha Foster)
Henry O'Neill (Judge Hobson)
Darryl Hickman (Larry Price)
Nestor Paiva (Karl)
King Donovan (Peter Wolfe)
Charles Evans (Paul Norton)
Erno Verebes [real name: Ernö Verebes] (tailor [Mr Cox])
Douglas Spencer (Henry Cuthbert)
Arlene Jenkins (Aileen)
Pepito Pérez (poster man)
Joey Ray (Tommy Ray)
James Davies *
Donya Dean *
Tom Dugan *
Charles Flickinger *
Maxine Gates [Josie] *
Stuart Holmes *
Steve Pendleton [Detective Hill] *
John Shay *
Philip Van Zandt *
Joe Whitehead *
Bess Flowers [pedestrian] *

Alternative Titles

Where Is Nick Beal? – early title
Dark Circle
The Contact Man
– UK
Pimeyden ruhtinas
– Finland
La sconfitta di satana – Italy



  • TV Times 6-22 April 1983 – credits, review
  • TV Times 11-17 March 1989 p.29 – review