Nightmare Alley Reviews

  • May 04, 2020

    Blobbo hate evil lady.

    Blobbo hate evil lady.

  • Dec 01, 2019

    Nightmare Alley is an amazing film. It is about the rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Edmund Goulding did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama.

    Nightmare Alley is an amazing film. It is about the rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall. Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell give excellent performances. The screenplay is well written. Edmund Goulding did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama.

  • Michael M
    Nov 18, 2019

    For me Tyrone Power's performance was outstanding. He truly showcased his finest acting skills. In fact much of the cast and character roles they played were superb fitting so well into the story. Add in the lighting, sets and sound and it can't get much better. And to see this beautiful nitrate print on the screen was and always will be the joy of going to the movies.

    For me Tyrone Power's performance was outstanding. He truly showcased his finest acting skills. In fact much of the cast and character roles they played were superb fitting so well into the story. Add in the lighting, sets and sound and it can't get much better. And to see this beautiful nitrate print on the screen was and always will be the joy of going to the movies.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    This little noir film is twisty and a little bit of a surprise in that it's a strong narrative, even if we can see the twists like the charlatan it's about.

    This little noir film is twisty and a little bit of a surprise in that it's a strong narrative, even if we can see the twists like the charlatan it's about.

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Amazing stuff for its day. Ambitious.

    Amazing stuff for its day. Ambitious.

  • Jul 05, 2019

    1947. Carnival scammer movie. COLEEN GRAY!! ADORABLE!! Played wife of TYRONE POWER, the scammer. best line!: paraphrase. Tyrone sz The 3rd COMMANDMENT: DON'T TAKE LORD'S NAME IN VANE! People think it's just about swearing. But it's about this (meaning what he was doing, & denying doing, misusing God, using his trix to raise money, fool people. he ends up escaping and desperately going to small carnival and becoming a geek. I gave it RT 5 stars, cuz of COLEEN!! KW GOLDWATER.

    1947. Carnival scammer movie. COLEEN GRAY!! ADORABLE!! Played wife of TYRONE POWER, the scammer. best line!: paraphrase. Tyrone sz The 3rd COMMANDMENT: DON'T TAKE LORD'S NAME IN VANE! People think it's just about swearing. But it's about this (meaning what he was doing, & denying doing, misusing God, using his trix to raise money, fool people. he ends up escaping and desperately going to small carnival and becoming a geek. I gave it RT 5 stars, cuz of COLEEN!! KW GOLDWATER.

  • May 06, 2019

    An alright film that runs a little too long and goes through one too many plots without a culmination, and a tacked on studio ending. Not hard to see why it was a flop back in the day. That said, I'm anticipating the upcoming remake.

    An alright film that runs a little too long and goes through one too many plots without a culmination, and a tacked on studio ending. Not hard to see why it was a flop back in the day. That said, I'm anticipating the upcoming remake.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Best performance ever by the late Tyrone Power. Great story and acting by all of the characters in the movie. Definitely one hidden gem that doesn't get enough recognition

    Best performance ever by the late Tyrone Power. Great story and acting by all of the characters in the movie. Definitely one hidden gem that doesn't get enough recognition

  • Sep 04, 2018

    A CLASSIC EVERYONE MUST SEE! This is definitively one of my favorite movies. Although it may be a little confusing and monotonous at first, it gets better with every time you watch it. Summary: Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power) worked for a woman named Zeena and her husband Pete as part of their act. Stan always had a crush on Zeena but was forever faithful to her husband Pete, a drunkie. One day, Zeena was using tarot cards to reveal what the future will bring and stumbles across something that changes everything, that Pete will be killed and in the end (SPOILER!) Stan will be hung. Zeena goes on to warn Stan that: 1. Stay away from Pete 2. He will be hung. Stan of course thinks of this as bogus and goes on to live life. Unfortunately, Stan accidentally gives Pete a bottle of wood alcohol instead of moonshine, and the poor man dies the next morning. Stan soon becomes paranoid over this incident, but hides it. Zeena then starts to fall for him but Stan already had his eyes on Molly, a trapeze artist. After when Zeena teaches Stan and Molly the code, the couple get married and run away to perform in nightclubs leaving poor Zeena upset. Now this is when Stan starts to become paranoid, and meets a psychiatrist named Lilith Ritter. After eavesdropping and finding out that she had hundreds of different files on people he began to start up the act that he could talk to ghosts. He soon becomes so obsessed in his acts, that he makes a bold and daring move to bring an old man's lost love "back to life". He forces Molly to play the deceased woman and the old man believes it and begins to bawl. Molly felt guilty and decided that it wasn't right to pose as a ghost, so she shows herself. Upsetting the man, Stan quickly knocks out the poor guy so then he could keep the money he gave him and get a head start from the police. Once he got into the getaway car (the taxi) he saw that he was cheated out of the money he was given and knew that there was only one other person who could be keeping it, Lilith. Quickly he goes over to Lilith's home to redeem the money but he is defeated when Lilith shows him that she has evidence against him that he's mentally disturbed. Furious, he keeps the $150 and quickly becomes a drunkie just like Pete. Soon enough, the paranoid drunkie returns to the carnival to get a job, but the only one available is the position of the Geek (Pretty much a crazy person that eats live chickens for the entertainment of others). Stan accepts, but in the night he goes insane and tries to hurt others with a wooden baseball bat. Just when a bunch of men get prepared to hang the insane Stan, Molly comes to save the day. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I love the lesson that we learn from this movie that you can't choose your consequences in life. And Tyrone Power's acting is absolutely phenomenal! It's too bad that people these days have no clue what this movie is. Some Facts: -The director of this movie actually didn't want Power to star because he was worried that he'd want to perform in these kinds of movies and he didn't like the idea of everyone's favorite hero becoming a low-life drunkie. -The book actually had a more darker ending of Stan being the Geek forever and eventually drinking himself to death but the studio thought that it'd be too dark to be put into a movie -This was Tyrone Power's favorite movie he's starred in (Sorry if I made any mistakes in this review)

    A CLASSIC EVERYONE MUST SEE! This is definitively one of my favorite movies. Although it may be a little confusing and monotonous at first, it gets better with every time you watch it. Summary: Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power) worked for a woman named Zeena and her husband Pete as part of their act. Stan always had a crush on Zeena but was forever faithful to her husband Pete, a drunkie. One day, Zeena was using tarot cards to reveal what the future will bring and stumbles across something that changes everything, that Pete will be killed and in the end (SPOILER!) Stan will be hung. Zeena goes on to warn Stan that: 1. Stay away from Pete 2. He will be hung. Stan of course thinks of this as bogus and goes on to live life. Unfortunately, Stan accidentally gives Pete a bottle of wood alcohol instead of moonshine, and the poor man dies the next morning. Stan soon becomes paranoid over this incident, but hides it. Zeena then starts to fall for him but Stan already had his eyes on Molly, a trapeze artist. After when Zeena teaches Stan and Molly the code, the couple get married and run away to perform in nightclubs leaving poor Zeena upset. Now this is when Stan starts to become paranoid, and meets a psychiatrist named Lilith Ritter. After eavesdropping and finding out that she had hundreds of different files on people he began to start up the act that he could talk to ghosts. He soon becomes so obsessed in his acts, that he makes a bold and daring move to bring an old man's lost love "back to life". He forces Molly to play the deceased woman and the old man believes it and begins to bawl. Molly felt guilty and decided that it wasn't right to pose as a ghost, so she shows herself. Upsetting the man, Stan quickly knocks out the poor guy so then he could keep the money he gave him and get a head start from the police. Once he got into the getaway car (the taxi) he saw that he was cheated out of the money he was given and knew that there was only one other person who could be keeping it, Lilith. Quickly he goes over to Lilith's home to redeem the money but he is defeated when Lilith shows him that she has evidence against him that he's mentally disturbed. Furious, he keeps the $150 and quickly becomes a drunkie just like Pete. Soon enough, the paranoid drunkie returns to the carnival to get a job, but the only one available is the position of the Geek (Pretty much a crazy person that eats live chickens for the entertainment of others). Stan accepts, but in the night he goes insane and tries to hurt others with a wooden baseball bat. Just when a bunch of men get prepared to hang the insane Stan, Molly comes to save the day. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I love the lesson that we learn from this movie that you can't choose your consequences in life. And Tyrone Power's acting is absolutely phenomenal! It's too bad that people these days have no clue what this movie is. Some Facts: -The director of this movie actually didn't want Power to star because he was worried that he'd want to perform in these kinds of movies and he didn't like the idea of everyone's favorite hero becoming a low-life drunkie. -The book actually had a more darker ending of Stan being the Geek forever and eventually drinking himself to death but the studio thought that it'd be too dark to be put into a movie -This was Tyrone Power's favorite movie he's starred in (Sorry if I made any mistakes in this review)

  • Apr 06, 2017

    one of my favorite films, with a top performance by Tyrone Power

    one of my favorite films, with a top performance by Tyrone Power