Nightmare Alley (1947)
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Nightmare Alley is the story of a con man who recruits a couple of amatuers as his partners.
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Critic Reviews for Nightmare Alley
Neither a great movie nor even a classic noir but it has a great ambition to be daring and, once seen, is not easily forgotten.
Alongside Todd Browning's Freaks, this is a brilliantly grim assessment of humanity's place in the cruel circus of life.
...worth a look, if only for Power's engaging, electrifying performance.
A middle of the road drama that has a lot going for it in certain key areas.
Audience Reviews for Nightmare Alley
A touching, dramatic, exciting, romantic, interesting film. I loved Power as the young man who aims too high, goes too far, pushes too much to get what he thinks he deserves. It's pretty long, but very worth seeing.More
Nightmare Alley gets better every time I see it. The photography is so beautiful and simultaneously sleazy that I felt like I need a tetanus shot after watching it. Tyrone Power plays a great prick who gets what he wants through Jedi mind tricks and a series of screw jobs. Obviously things aren't going to end well for such an unscrupulous character and said ending may be a little predictable. But watching a film noir carnie movie is one of those things that blow your mind once you stop to think about it. Like deep fried pickles...More
Good movie, with an especially good performance by Tyrone Power. He plays a magician/mentalist in a circus sideshow. One of his fellow performers dies due to a careless, although unintentional, act by Power, a death foretold in a tarot card reading by Joan Blondell. Power leaves the circus and starts his own mind-reading act with his new wife Coleen Gray. During a show he meets a mysterious lady psychiatrist who makes a deal with him. Telling anymore would ruin it, so I'll just say this -- you can't run away from fate.More
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