Edmund Goulding

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley gave Tyrone Power a chance to subvert his matinee-idol image with a ruthless performance as Stanton Carlisle, a small-time carny whose unctuous charm propels him to fame as a charlatan spiritualist, but whose unchecked ambition leads him down a path of moral degradation and self-destruction. Although its strange, sordid atmosphere shocked contemporary audiences, this long-difficult-to-see reflection of postwar angst has now taken its place as one of the defining noirs of its era—a fatalistic downward slide into existential oblivion.

Film Info

  • 1947
  • 111 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Spine #1078

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historians James Ursini and Alain Silver
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • New interview with performer and historian Todd Robbins
  • Interview from 2007 with actor Coleen Gray
  • Audio excerpt from a 1971 interview with Henry King in which the filmmaker discusses actor Tyrone Power
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film writer and screenwriter Kim Morgan

    New cover by Ricardo Diseño

Purchase Options

Released May 25, 2021

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historians James Ursini and Alain Silver
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • New interview with performer and historian Todd Robbins
  • Interview from 2007 with actor Coleen Gray
  • Audio excerpt from a 1971 interview with Henry King in which the filmmaker discusses actor Tyrone Power
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film writer and screenwriter Kim Morgan

    New cover by Ricardo Diseño
Nightmare Alley
Cast
Tyrone Power
Stanton Carlisle
Joan Blondell
Zeena Krumbein
Coleen Gray
Molly
Helen Walker
Lilith Ritter
Taylor Holmes
Ezra Grindle
Mike Mazurki
Bruno
Ian Keith
Pete Krumbein
Credits
Director
Edmund Goulding
Producer
George Jessel
Screenplay by
Jules Furthman
Based on the novel by
William Lindsay Gresham
Director of photography
Lee Garmes
Art direction
J. Russell Spencer
Lyle Wheeler
Set decoration
Thomas Little
Editor
Barbara McLean
Music
Cyril J. Mockridge

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10 Things I Learned: Nightmare Alley
10 Things I Learned: Nightmare Alley

The producer of our edition of Edmund Goulding’s shocking noir dives into the history of its making and its reputation as a “cursed” film.

By Jason Altman