After viewing this picaresque and cathartic film, you will never again misuse the word ‘geek.’Guy Maddin
Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker,
One of the blackest of the American film noirs of the 1940s, Nightmare Alley is amazing for the amount of cynical, sordid material it presents as a matter of course. Tyrone Power is a mind reader in a carnival sideshow, who ascends a ladder of gullible women all the way to Chicago, where he is on the verge of fame and fortune as a leader in the pseudo-religion market, and then plunges to the pit of carnival-life degradation. “Nightmare Alley is the quintessential B movie spoiled by an A production” (Clive T. Miller, Kings of the Bs).