Alias Nick Beal  [DVD]Ray Milland (actor)
Audrey Totter (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 92 min
This rarely shown political allegory relocates the Faust legend to 20th-century America. Ray Milland is the mysterious Nick Beal, who materialises to offer honest politician Thomas Mitchell not only wealth but also the charms of Audrey Totter. The former crusader against crime becomes power hungry under "Old Nick's'" malign influence.
Milland is the personification of evil, while the Australian-born John Farrow does a characteristically efficient job directing what was then considered daring material, worthy of a censorious conclusion to mitigate against its dark and intriguing themes.