Director: Edmund Goulding Run Time: 111 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1947
Starring: Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Joan Blondell, Tyrone Power
NIGHTMARE ALLEY follows the rise and fall of a fake mentalist (Power) after he boosts an act from a fading vaudeville star (Blondell), goes on the road with his young bride (Gray), becomes a nightclub star in Chicago, falls in with a corrupt therapist (Walker), and eventually finds himself back down in the sawdust where he started. One of the sleaziest film noirs of the golden period, NIGHTMARE ALLEY has recently been remade by Guillermo del Toro, but this original version can’t be topped for the sheer craziness that it was bankrolled by a major studio during the Golden Age of Hollywood.
“Nightmare Alley is a harsh, brutal story told with the sharp clarity of an etching.” – Variety
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