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I.G. Greer Theater Features “Nightmare Alley”

BOONE — A rarely seen hard-boiled film-noir classic, “Nightmare Alley” stars Tyrone Power as a fake clairvoyant who works with tawdry carnival heels Joan Blondell and Helen Walker to fleece the rich and gullible. The rare film is not available on video and has not been released in theaters in more than 10 years.

The film will be shown in I.G. Greer on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m.

The showing is free and open to the public.

The 16mm theatre quality film will be shown in its original format.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Programs, “Nightmare Alley” is part of the Hollywood Classics Film Series at Appalachian State University, which is made possible by film collector and historian John McElwee of Wilkesboro. Cartoons and other short films from McElwee’s collection will precede the film.

Released in 1947, “Nightmare Alley” was directed by Edmund Goulding (“Grand Hotel”).

It was based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham and adapted for screen by Jules Furthman and filmed by Lee Garmes, the silver screen’s master of light and shadows.

“‘Nightmare Alley’ is a strange and rather sick movie made by highly talented people.

It’s a one-of-a-kind experience—dark, bleak, twisted carnival noir,” said Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle.