The Dark Past
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In this faithful remake of Blind Alley (1939), psychoanalyst Andrew Collins (Lee J. Cobb), his wife, his son, and some friends are taken hostage by escaped murderer Al Walker (William Holden) and his gang, including girlfriend Betty (Nina Foch). Collins, an advocate of rehabilitating criminals through psychiatry, induces his captor to talk about himself through the course of the night. By calmly and methodically piecing together the strands of the killer's unconscious motivation, Collins rids Walker of his literally murderous rage and prevents a massacre. Shrinks who practice in the noir… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... a minor noir notable largely for Holden's uncharacteristically feral performance..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Another of the era's barely tolerable advertisements for Freudian psychoanalysis."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"A stagy remake of the Chester Morris film "Blind Alley" (39)."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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