Although the title 'Nightmare Alley' is really not the best, this movie is a very striking and unusual noir, as it takes place mostly in the seedy carnival world of the 1940s. Tyrone Power is excellent, and proves here that he wasn't just a pretty face; his role as the carny turned mentalist con artist is excellent, and worth the somewhat cliched ending. Strong supporting actors abound as well. The atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of "Freaks" or any other of Todd Browning's films of the 30s. Rewatchable, even after you know the twist ending.
One of the Greats
Reviewed by KHL for Grand Hotel at 2009-01-22 10:51:31
Not much to say about this film, except that it's truly one of the greatest...and if you don't shed a little tear when the phone rings and the little dachshund wimpers for his lost owner, you have no heart! I thought I was alone in this until I saw it at the Redford Theatre, and the crowd was weepy. A great film with great stars...