Blind Alley

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Convicted murderer Hal Wilson (Chester Morris) escapes from prison with the aid of his gang and breaks into the home of psychologist Dr. Shelby (Ralph Bellamy) to take refuge from the police. Shelby and his family are entertaining guests, all of whom become Wilson's hostages. After Wilson kills one of Shelby's young medical students, the doctor determines to save the others by analyzing Wilson, to make him understand the reasons behind the odd paralysis in one hand and his violent behavior.

Cast

Chester Morris
as Hal Wilson
Ralph Bellamy
as Dr. Anthony Shelby
Joan Perry
as Linda Curtis
Melville Cooper
as George Curtis
Rosa Stradner
as Doris Shelby
Rose Stradner
as Doris Shelby
John Eldredge
as Dick Holbrook
Ann Doran
as Agnes
Stanley Brown
as Fred Landis
Marie Blake
as Harriet
Eddie Acuff
as State trooper
Grady Sutton
as Holmes the student
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Audience Reviews for Blind Alley

  • Jan 07, 2009
    one early cinema piece toys with pop-freudianism, and it's like the filmmaker rips off "the interpretations of dreams" and put a crime story as example for illustrations, as if the audience then needs to be re-educated with some basic terms for psychoanalysis (perhaps still need that?) a trigger-happy criminal takes hostage of a psychoanalyst's household and impulsively murders several men in fits of un-controllable rages, and he suffers from paranoaic nightmares and headache, so the doctor says he needs to confess to relieve his pain..then the criminal does. it turns out that he accidentally gets his father killed and the scenes in past memories get repressed and sublimated into other metaphoric objects in his dreams that continue to torment him with guilt. the result of diagnosis is: he's trigger-happy when he's provoked because he feels the need to eliminate the haunting vision of his dad (metaphoric patricide) everytime he gets upstaged and threatened, when he feels insecured about his power. but when doctor cures off his symton, his compulsively repeated nightmares, he also kills off the criminal's survival instinct. in the end, he loses his trigger-happy quickness and is unable to shoot back when the police arrives to arrest him...he dies. the same story gets adapted again in 40s with william holden as the title role. but i still think the 30s version superior. and ann dvorak, paul muni's sister in scarface, plays the criminal's moll, another gritty performance from this good actress so full of nervous energies and hard-boiled street-wise one-liners.
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