Blind Alley (film)

Blind Alley is a 1939 crime drama film directed by Charles Vidor.

Blind Alley
Directed byCharles Vidor
Produced byJack Fier (uncredited)
Written byJames Warwick (play)
Philip MacDonald
Michael Blankfort
Albert Duffy
Lewis Meltzer (uncredited contribution to dialogue)
StarringChester Morris
Ralph Bellamy
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byOtto Meyer
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1939 (1939-05-11)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States


Chester Morris plays a prison escapee who hides out with his gang in the home of a noted psychologist, played by Ralph Bellamy. Though a prisoner, the doctor begins delving into his captor's psyche.

The film was adapted from the Broadway play of the same name by James Warwick. It was remade as The Dark Past, with William Holden in the Morris role and Lee J. Cobb in Bellamy's.


Critical reception

David Sterritt of TCM praised Blind Alley's cinematography, and noted its influence on the home invasion subgenre.[1]

Radio adaptation

Blind Alley was presented on The Screen Guild Theatre February 25, 1940. The adaptation starred Edward G. Robinson and Joseph Calleia.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. Sterritt, David. "Blind Alley". TCM. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  2. "Sunday Caller". Harrisburg Telegraph. February 24, 1940. p. 17. Retrieved July 20, 2015 via
  3. "The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre". RadioGOLDINdex. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  4. "Screen Guild Theater". Internet Archive. Retrieved 2015-11-16.

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