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Roy Del Ruth
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William A. Wellman
Helen Jerome Eddy
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Chandler, a con-man, and his helper Frank decide to create a clairvoyant act for the carny circuit, as a little research reveals Ameicans spent $125 million on mind-readers and astrology. The carny, renamed Chandra, falls for one of his marks, Sylvia, but their love is tested when he brings tragedy to other peoples' lives and she asks him to go straight. Written by
Jon C. Hopwood
Stephen Sondheim picked this movie as the initial film on his special night as the Turner Classic Movies programmer, March 22, 2005. The cable network TCM was honoring him on his 75th birthday. See more »
F.R. Franklin aka Frank:
[to Chandra Chandler as he's being led away to prison to serve a 2-10 year sentence]
It sure is tough to be going away just when beer is coming back.
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
Music by John Philip Sousa
Played by the band during the painless dentist segment at the beginning See more »
Interesting and Dark Also...Check Out Nightmare Alley (1942)
Edgy Pre-Coder with a Number of Memorable Scenes and Some Interesting Camera Shots. Warren William Plays a Sleazy Huckster who Could Con the Feathers off a Pigeon but Could Not Sell a Brush to Keep from Starving.
A Fine Cast and a Carnival Atmosphere with a Second Act Demeaning Rich Folks as Adulterous Asses (typical for Films in the depression) and Deserving of the Exposing that the "Mind Reader" Lays Out for the Suspecting Wives.
In Support, there is the Beautiful Constance Cummings as the Love Interest and Allen Jenkins as a Bombastic and Loud Mouthed Sidekick. It's a Good Entertainment with a Sombre Theme and Enough Angst to Make it a Winner.
Most of the Pre-Code Stuff comes from Implication and Dialog. References to Underage Girls being Preyed Upon and Other Nastiness. The Ending is a Double Edge Contrivance and may Sit Differently Depending on Personal Expectations.
A Powerful Movie but there is One Similar Film that is even Better, Creepy, and Navarious. Nightmare Alley (1942), One of the Best Film-Noir and Starring an Unlikely Tyrone Power.
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