Nightmare Alley (35mm)
Dir. Edmund Goulding (1947); USA, 110m
Starring: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray
FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH at 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 20th at 7:00pm & 9:30PM
SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST at 3:00pm
Nightmare Alley is a fascinating film noir that was a departure for Tyrone Powers who had mostly played swashbucklers. Here he plays conman Stanton “Stan” Carlisle, a carnival barker working for Mademoiselle Zeena (Joan Blondell) and her drunken husband Pete (Ian Keith). Stan is after a code that the pair use to make it seem like Zeena has mind-reading powers. After accidentally killing Pete by handing him a bottle of wood alcohol, Zeena is forced to teach Stan the code. Stan then runs off with the code and becomes a popular mentalist in nightclubs. However, his lies and trickery eminently lead to his downfall. This gritty story explores sleazy carnival life, Western religious zealots, and the occult.