Nightmare alley is an underrated film noir thriller that deserves more recognition than it has received in the past years. It was produced and directed by Edmund Goulding, with uncredited work from Orson Welles. The screenplay was written by William Bowers and Charles Belden, based on the novel of the same title (1946) by William Lindsay Gresham. Starring Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray in her first movie role, Jack Elam, and Helen Walker in her last movie role before retiring to raise her family).
Release date Of Nightmare alley:
17th December 2021
Cast and characters of Nightmare alley:
-Tyrone Power as Stanton Carlisle: a smart and ambitious man who poses as a spiritualist to make his fortune.
-Joan Blondell as Zeena Krumbein: an alcoholic woman with psychic abilities, she is Carlisle’s assistant in the show.
-Coleen Gray as Lucy Hamilton: a small-town girl that falls for Stanton after she discovers his abilities.
-Jack Elam as Mademoiselle Zeena: a woman who knows of Carlisle’s true identity and warns him to be careful, she later becomes an assistant in the show.
-Helen Walker as Molly Griggs: a young girl with special powers Stanton meets at a mental hospital.
-Mike Mazurki as Horse: a former circus performer who helps Carlisle with his show.
-Sam Harris as The Professor: another psychic in Stanton’s rival show that tries to expose him.
-Charles Kemper as Mr Chalmers: the owner of an amusement park where Carlisle performs, he
-Joan Blondell as Lilian ‘Lil’ Dufey / Mrs Vaughn as Lil: a woman who works for Stanton and is one of his mistresses.
-Stanley Price as Mr Vaughn: Lil’s husband and manager of the amusement park where Carlisle performs.
-Lloyd Gough as The Bishop: Stanton’s rival psychic.
A drifter named Stanton meets a man with the power of second sight. He agrees to work for him as an assistant but soon begins to realize that his boss is actually doing real psychic stunts.
The nightmare alley movie plot begins with Stanton, a drifter who is sought out by the man he meets. He agrees to work for him as an assistant but soon realizes that his boss actually does real psychic stunts. When reading through reviews of nightmare alley, it is important to remember that the nightmare alley movie is a film noir from an era in which the genre was not well defined.
In another review of nightmare alley, it states, “Stanton is a drifter who becomes obsessed with learning how he can see into people’s thoughts and dreams.” This quote summarizes what happens in nightmare alley. In nightmare alley, Stanton’s boss convinces him to join the show by enticing him with money.
The nightmare alley movie cast is outstanding in their acting abilities and helps bring this film noir thriller into existence. The nightmare alley movie has always had a deep effect on me due to my love of thrillers so it was difficult for me not to give nightmare alley five stars.