Nightmare Alley

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Nightmare Alley
Though perhaps it tries too hard to be 'respectable' and downplays its tawdry trash vulgarity a little too much (the film is tough, but William Lindsay Gresham's superb novel is even tougher), this is still a mean, moody, and well-nigh magnificent melodrama. Power excels as the hick fairground huckster who rises to society celebrity as a fake spiritualist, only to have fickle fortune arc him back to the midway as the boozed-up, live-chicken-eating geek. Blondell, Gray and the strange Helen Walker are the women he uses/abuses to grease his path. Lee Garmes' camerawork, Jules Furthman's script, and Goulding's direction make this one of the most oddball and enduring of the decade's Hollywood highspots.

By: CW

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Duration: 111 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Edmund Goulding
Screenwriter: Jules Furthman
Cast: Tyrone Power
Joan Blondell
Colleen Gray
Helen Walker
Mike Mazurki
Taylor Holmes
Ian Keith
James Flavin
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