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November 9, 2022

Episode 595: Nightmare Alley (1947)

Poster Art by Erik J. Kreffel @jauntworks Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Andrew Nette

We continue #Noirvember 2022 with a look at Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley (1947). Based on the novel by , the film stars Tyrone Power as Stanton Carlisle, a smooth operator at the carnival. He works his way through a trio of women and a string of jobs always looking for that next big score but always haunted by the howl of the geek.

Samm Deighan and Andrew Nette join Mike to discuss the original and 2021 Guillermo del Toro adaptation.

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"Nightmare Alley" - Maynard Ferguson



  1. Good observations of the different films, the novel and it's author. This was sent to me and I will add it to the William Lindsay Gresham FB page for others to hear.

  2. Not to mention the beauty and heartbreak of the 'haunting' scene in the original is replaced by Del Toro with adolescent bone crunching violence. Cate Blanchett also gives one of her worst performances which is saying something. She should enter a competition with Daniel Day Lewis to see who can devour the most ham before literally turning into one.