Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

DVD - 2005
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Stanton Carlisle is an ambitious carnie who plays scams alongside phony mentalist Zeena and her alcoholic husband Pete, working the crowd as Zeena pretends to read their minds. But Stan has no intention of staying with the carnival; he has his heart set on an upscale night club act.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.
Edition: Full frame version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Gresham, William Lindsay 1909-1962.

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TheSandoz
Jul 17, 2016

Decent noir with a carnival as its setting- I found the film dragged towards the end. It's an interesting film if you're a fan of the genre.

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Nursebob
Jul 17, 2016

I am usually the first one to forgive the dramatic excesses inherent in any film noir production, after all it’s those very excesses which make the genre so much fun to watch in the first place. But director Edmund Goulding’s preachy tale is so predictable with it’s tawdry “just desserts” twists and pious condemnations that at times it seems to be mocking itself. Despite that sculpted chest Tyrone Power doesn’t exhibit much of a screen presence and fellow actresses Joan Blondell, Colleen Gray, and Helen Walker either hiss or weep according to the scene. Still fun to watch, but its hokey script calls to mind a cheap graphic novel. Indeed, Jules Furthman’s screenplay was taken from William Gresham’s dime store paperback.

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ThomasJWhiting
Nov 03, 2015

Whacky 1947 carnival romance.
Interesting b&w film production, etc. Good cast - fun to get introduced (for me) to beautiful Coleen Gray.

Kind of weird religious overtones when Powers becomes a high end "miracle worker".

7duffy Aug 30, 2014

Tyrone Powers is excellent in this grifter story with a twist ending. Joan Blondell and Helen Walker are similary, excellent in their supporting roles as a veteran Pschic and a devious Psychologist. The use of psychology in this story and practiced by a woman, no less, had to be far ahead of its time.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 22, 2014

One of the most bizarre films of the film noir boom of the 40s and 50s. Read the book by Edmund Goulding.

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Janice21383
Aug 13, 2013

Noir's legendary freak show. Fans of the understated and uplifting should turn away now. Tyrone Power's first sleazy role, and he loves it.

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