Nightmare Alley

Synopsis: The ambitious Stanton "Stan" Carlisle works in a sideshow as carny and assistant of the mentalist Zeena Krumbein, who is married with the alcoholic Pete. The couple had developed a secret code to pretend to read minds and was successful in the show business before Pete starts drinking. Stan stays with them expecting to learn their code and leave the carnival to be a successful mentalist. Stan also flirts with the gorgeous Molly that lives in the carnival with the strong Bruno. Zeena and The Savage, an alcoholic man that eats live chickens that the audiences believe that is a savage, are the greatest attractions of the sideshow. When Stan gives booze to Pete and he dies, Stan finds that Pete had drunk methyl alcohol and not his booze, but he feels guilty for the death of him. Zeena teaches the code to him and Molly helps Stan to learn them. After an incident, Stan is forced to marry Molly and he decides to move to Chicago with her to become a sensation in a night club. One day, he meets
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Director(s): Edmund Goulding
Production: 20th Century Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

we'll have some readings.

Thank you, sir.

Wait a minute. Here's mine.

- Mister, here's my question!

- I'd like to ask you about my mother.

Will that lady raise her hand, please?

Come on, Pete. Here.

Madam, your mother's had a lot

of hard work in her life.

Come on.

Take these. Here.

- Another drink, huh?

- Hurry up. Show's on.

There's something in there

I don't see quite clearly yet.

If you'll see me after this demonstration,

maybe I can tell you more.

I'll ask Mr. Stanton to drop the questions

into the bowl.

There they go.

I don't touch them.

Now, people have asked me

if I have spirit aid in doing what I do.

I always tell them the only spirits I control

are the ones in this bottle.

Spirits of alcohol!

I'll pour a little on the questions...

and ask Mr. Stanton to light a match

and drop it in the bowl.

Thank you, Mr. Stanton. Now you see them

burning, and that's the last of them.

Anybody who's afraid

that somebody else is going to read it...

or that I would

handle this question...

can just forget

that I ever touched them.

Your question is now recorded nowhere

except in the ether.

Your answer is there too,

and I will find it for you.

I get an impression.

It's a little cloudy, still,

but it's getting clearer.

I get the initials "J.E.G."

I believe it's a gentleman.

Is that right?

Will the person who has

those initials raise his hand!

Right here, missy!

Thank you, Mr., uh... Giles.

The name is Giles, isn't it?

Yes, ma'am, that's his name.

That's his name. Giles.

Giles, yes.


Wait. I see green trees and a rolling field.

It's plowed land, fenced in.

- That's your place.!

- Yes, ma'am, that's my place.

Oh, is that for me?

- It's a wagon.

- Goodness.! That's what you asked about.!

- Zeena's going good.

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Jules Furthman

Jules Furthman (March 5, 1888 – September 22, 1966) was a magazine and newspaper writer before working as a screenwriter. more…

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