Nightmare Alley

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Nightmare Alley ★★½ 1947

Dark and disturbing noir has Power, in one of his best roles, as con man/carny who learns the secrets of a mentalist act and turns it into fame and fortune. When a femme fatale shrink persuades him to join a scheme to bilk the rich, it leads to a fascinating and precipitous downfall. Power fought to get the film made, and for the chance to play against his matinee idol type. 111m/B DVD . Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Taylor Holmes, Ian Keith, Mike Mazurki; D: Edmund Goulding; W: Jules Furthman; C: Lee Garmes; M: Cyril Mockridge.