Temis the Vorta wrote:
Nightmare Alley - Reportedly, Tyrone Power Jr was unhappy with his career because he got sick of playing swashbuckling types and wanted more gritty, psychologically complex roles. This movie must have been his ideal. It's a very strange but compelling story of an overambitious carny who becomes a renowned "mentalist" using cold reading tricks familiar from Vegas acts. Power is great at walking the fine line between hero and villain, and never quite letting the audience know which side we should be on.
A great movie. If you like the film, you should check out the original novel, which is even darker and seamier than the Hollywood version, which had to clean things up a bit!