Nightmare Alley & Stranger on the Third Floor
Edmund Goulding’s NIGHTMARE ALLEY
(1947, 110 min)
Stan Carlisle (Tyrone Power) is a lowlife working in a carnival. Knowing a good con when he sees one, he learns the tricks of a mind-reading act from Zeena (Joan Blondell), then tosses her aside. In time, he becomes “The Great Stanton”, star attraction of swanky nightclubs and the darling of society. It's all a con, but soon he comes to the attention of a devious high-society psychiatrist (Helen Walker) with an agenda of her own.
Boris Ingster’s STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR
(1940, 64 min)
Here is the little B picture that launched one of the greatest movements in cinema history: film noir. Peter Lorre plays the eerie title role in this gem about a reporter (John McGuire) whose testimony sentences a small-time loser (Elisha Cook Jr.) to the electric chair. When the reporter himself is fingered in a second murder, he realizes both crimes are the work of a furtive stranger---but will anyone believe him?
Friday, February 21