Nightmare Alley (1947)

Nightmare Alley
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TitleNightmare Alley
Year1947
CountryUSA
GenreFilm-Noir (Movies)
Run Time1h 52 min
Director

The movie follows the rise and fall of a con man—a story that begins and ends at a seedy traveling carnival. The carnival’s barker, Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, is fascinated by everything there, including a grotesque geek, who prompts an observation from Stanton that he “can’t understand how anybody could get so low.” Stanton works with “Mademoiselle Zeena” and her alcoholic husband, Pete. Once a top-billed vaudeville act, Zeena and Pete used an ingenious code to make it appear that she had extraordinary mental powers, until her attentions to other men drove Pete to drink and reduced them to working in carnivals. Stanton learns that many people want to buy the code from Zeena for a lot of money but she refuses to sell; she is saving it as a nest egg.

Stanton tries to romance Zeena into teaching it to him but she remains faithful to Pete, feeling guilty over the role she played in his downfall and effectively nursemaiding him in the hope of some day sending him to a detox clinic for alcoholics. But one night in Texas, Stanton accidentally gives Pete the wrong bottle: the old man dies from drinking wood alcohol instead of moonshine. To keep her act going, Zeena is forced to teach Stanton the mind-reading code so that he can serve as her assistant.

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Nightmare Alley
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Cast:

Tyrone Power Tyrone Power
Stan Carlisle
Joan Blondell Joan Blondell
Zeena Krumbein
Helen Walker Helen Walker
Lilith Ritter
Taylor Holmes Taylor Holmes
Ezra Grindle
Ian Keith Ian Keith
Pete Krumbein

The movie follows the rise and fall of a con man—a story that begins and ends at a seedy traveling carnival. The carnival’s barker, Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, is fascinated by everything there, including a grotesque geek, who prompts an observation from Stanton that he “can’t understand how anybody could get so low.” Stanton works with “Mademoiselle Zeena” and her alcoholic husband, Pete. Once a top-billed vaudeville act, Zeena and Pete used an ingenious code to make it appear that she had extraordinary mental powers, until her attentions to other men drove Pete to drink and reduced them to working in carnivals. Stanton learns that many people want to buy the code from Zeena for a lot of money but she refuses to sell; she is saving it as a nest egg.

Stanton tries to romance Zeena into teaching it to him but she remains faithful to Pete, feeling guilty over the role she played in his downfall and effectively nursemaiding him in the hope of some day sending him to a detox clinic for alcoholics. But one night in Texas, Stanton accidentally gives Pete the wrong bottle: the old man dies from drinking wood alcohol instead of moonshine. To keep her act going, Zeena is forced to teach Stanton the mind-reading code so that he can serve as her assistant.

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