Twentieth Century Fox released Nightmare Alley to theaters on October 28, 1947. Edmund Goulding directed the film which starred Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, and Coleen Gray.
‘Nightmare Alley’ Movie Summary
Stanton Carlisle is a hustler working for a traveling carnival. He tricks the vaudevillian Zeena into teaching him a series of codes that makes people think he is a super mentalist after her alcoholic husband dies from alcohol poisoning—due in part to Stanton.
Stanton marries Molly, a coworker at the carnival. Together, the two rise in the nightclub circuit of Chicago. Even with this success, Stanton is still guilt ridden over Pete’s death.
Psychologist Lilith Ritter counsel’s Stanton with his emotional issues. Eventually, the two con Chicago’s elites; making them think Stanton can talk to their dead loved ones, but the plan fails. Stanton turns to the bottle and the carnival where he may or may not live so happily ever after.
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