Often described as the grimmest of all Hollywood film noirs, Nightmare Alley's reputation as a cult classic reached near-mythical status due to a decades-long dispute between the film's producer (George Jessel) and Fox, which prevented it being screened anywhere or even released on home video. With the conflict now resolved, Nightmare Alley can finally be rediscovered - in this stunning new transfer - as one of the most darkly sophisticated noirs of the period. Tyrone Power - cast against type at his own insistence - gives the performance of his life as handsome scumbag/carnival barker/con-man Stanton Carlisle. He seduces fellow sideshow artiste Mademoiselle Zeena (Joan Blondell) to learn the secret of the once-lucrative mind-reading act she performed with her alcoholic husband (Ian Keith). Carlisle, a "born mentalist", secures the secret method and sets off with his new carnie wife, Molly (Coleen Grey) to milk the bigtime as a spiritualist in Chicago. As Carlisle's success grows, it's only a matter of time before his greed - and twisted involvement with femme fatale psychoanalyst Lilith Ritter (Helen Walker) - bring his world crashing down around him.