• Film

Nightmare Alley


Time Out says

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.

Release Details

  • 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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