Nightmare Alley (1947)
The 1947 Twentieth Century Fox film "Nightmare Alley", shows a carnival performer holding a silver dollar
as part of his act.
A carnival worker becomes a mentalist and, with his girlfriend, become big time stage performers.
Later he become a spiritualst minister and tries to trick a wealthy man into giving him money to build a church.
Coleen Gray as Molly, and Helen Walker as Lilith Ritter.
The film stars Tyrone Power as Stanton Carlisle, Joan Blondell as Zeena Krumbein,
Coleen Gray as Molly, Helen Walker as Dr. Lilith Ritter.
"wild man" or "missing link" who bites the heads off of chickens and snakes and is paid with
"a bottle a day and a dry place to sleep it off".
"How does a man become a Geek?"
Stanton Carlisle finds out.
Zeena Krumbein is a fortune teller who Stanton works with.
Molly is a young pretty girl who wears a skimpy costume as "Electric Girl".
Stanton gets Peter drunk and Peter does a "cold reading" on Stanton which greatly impresses him.
Peter dies and Zeena teaches Stanton and Molly the code.
Chicago's Sherman Hotel to put on a mentalist act, using the voice code.
Stanton tells Zeena that he was destined for the "big time", "I was made for it".
convinces some wealthy people that he can contact their deceased relatives.
Stanton has been seeing Dr. Lilith Ritter, a psychologist,
who gives him personal information on some of her patients.
Molly is reluctant to do the impersonation and Grindle is not fooled.
Lilith has swapped small notes for the large ones, leaving him a few hundred dollars.
He asks for a job and the manager offers him a position as a geek.
2. Carnival midway
3. The Geek
Now this creature - There he is, THE GEEK!
He has puzzled the foremost scientists of Europe and America.
Is he the missing link? Is he man or beast?
Some have pronounced him man. But beneath that shaggy mane of hair lies the brain of a beast.
4. Stanton and Zeena
5. Zeena in her fortune telling costume with Egyptian themes
6. Molly in her "Electric Chair"
7. Stanton holding up a silver dollar
Stanton uses the voice code to tell blindfolded Zeena what is in his hand.
It appears to be a Peace type, made from 1921 to 1935.
8. Lilith and Stanton planning something
9. Stanton discovers the money switch
The bills appear to be the standard film prop paper money,
copied from Mexican Revolutionary state notes
10. Stanton, now a drifter or hobo, gives a "cold reading"
11. Stanton gets a job offer at his old carnival
I might have a job you can take a crack at.
Course it isn't much and I'm not begging you to take it, but it's a job.
Bottle every day, place to sleep it off in.
What do you say?
Anyway, it's only temporary, just until we can get a real geek.
You know what a geek is, don't you?
Do you think you can handle it?
Tyrone Power as Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle
Joan Blondell as Zeena Krumbein
Coleen Gray as Molly
Helen Walker as Lilith Ritter
Taylor Holmes as Ezra Grindle
Writers: Jules Furthman, William Lindsay Gresham (novel)