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The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.

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Stanton Carlisle
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Zeena Krumbein
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Molly
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Dr. Lilith Ritter
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Ezra Grindle
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Bruno
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Pete Krumbein
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Jane (uncredited)
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Knife Thrower's Assistant (uncredited)
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The Geek (uncredited)
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Hobo (uncredited)
June Bolyn ...
Maid in Grindle House (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Rural Marshal (uncredited)
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Hobo at Stan's Left Hand (uncredited)
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Mr. Prescott (uncredited)
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J.E. Giles (uncredited)
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Stage Manager (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
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Addie Peabody (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
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Hoatley (uncredited)
Charles Flickinger ...
Bellboy (uncredited)
Bill Free ...
Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ...
Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
Nina Gilbert ...
Worried Mother in Spode Room (uncredited)
Leo Gray ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Lilith's Friend in Spode Room (uncredited)
Al Herman ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)
Hollis Jewell ...
Delivery Boy with Records (uncredited)
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Joe (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Charlie (uncredited)
Nellie Lane ...
Fat Woman (uncredited)
Max Linder ...
Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
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Hobo (uncredited)
King Lockwood ...
Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
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Knife Thrower's Assistant (uncredited)
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Hobo by Stan's Right Hand (uncredited)
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Husband in Spode Room (uncredited)
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Sideshow Spectator Wearing Straw Hat (uncredited)
George Matthews ...
Knife Thrower (uncredited)
Pat McKee ...
Roustabout (uncredited)
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Friend in Spode Room (uncredited)
Harry Hays Morgan ...
Headwaiter (uncredited)
Maurice Navarro ...
Fire Eater (uncredited)
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Carnival Customer (uncredited)
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Roustabout (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ...
Hobo (uncredited)
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Roustabout at Final Carnival (uncredited)
Albin Robeling ...
Captain (uncredited)
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McGraw (uncredited)
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Masseur (uncredited)
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Roustabout at Final Carnival (uncredited)
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Roustabout (uncredited)
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Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
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Night Club Patron (uncredited)
John Wald ...
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Farmer Friend of J.E. Giles (uncredited)
Gilbert Wilson ...
Man in Spode Room (uncredited)
Marjorie Wood ...
Mrs. Prescott (uncredited)

Directed by

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Edmund Goulding

Written by

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Jules Furthman ... (screen play)
 
William Lindsay Gresham ... (novel)

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George Jessel ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Cyril J. Mockridge ... (as Cyril Mockridge)

Cinematography by

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Lee Garmes ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Barbara McLean

Art Direction by

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J. Russell Spencer
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

Set Decoration by

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Thomas Little

Costume Design by

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Bonnie Cashin

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Gaston Glass ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Stuart A. Reiss ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

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Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward ... sound

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Lionel Newman ... conductor
Earle Hagen ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Mink De Ronda ... technical advisor (uncredited)
John C. Eagan ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Louise Germaine ... hat maker (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Woods ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

The ambitious Stanton "Stan" Carlisle (Tyrone Power) works in a sideshow as carny and assistant of the mentalist Zeena Krumbein (Joan Blondell), who is married with the alcoholic Pete (Ian Keith). The couple had developed a secret code to pretend to read minds and was successful in the show business before Pete starts drinking. Stan stays with them expecting to learn their code and leave the carnival to be a successful mentalist. Stan also flirts with the gorgeous Molly (Coleen Gray) that lives in the carnival with the strong Bruno (Mike Mazurki). Zeena and The Geek, an alcoholic man that bites the head off a live chicken that the audiences believe that is a savage, are the greatest attractions of the sideshow. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines He was all things to all men ... but only one thing to all women! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le Charlatan (France)
  • El callejón de las almas perdidas (Spain)
  • O Beco das Almas Perdidas (Portugal)
  • Sharlatan (Iran, Persian title)
  • A sarlatán (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Trivia According to Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation, charlatans and grifters in the new age/mystic con would use the phrase "Are you a friend of Stan Carlisle?", or a variation of it, to confirm that the person they were talking to was in the same line of business. See more »
Goofs The recording machine that creates a major plot point is a Wilcox-Gay disc cutter that could record at 78 or 33 rpm on a maximum disk size of ten inches. It cut at a fixed 96 lines per inch. Unfortunatly those specs limited recording time to about 3 minutes at 78 rpm and only a bit more at 33. A real professional would have used something like a Presto which cut 12-inch discs or a broadcasting machine like a Scully that could cut 16-inch disks. Even the FBI used disk cutters in pairs so one could begin recording when the others had used up all their blank disk surface. A much more likely device would have been a wire recorder which despite its limited fidelity could record speech for an hour. These units were not cheap but Dr. Ritter was obviously wealthy. Her Wilcox-Gay recorder had a retail price at that time of about $100.00 and was among the lowest-priced recorders sold. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Twentieth Century Fox: The First 50 Years (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Sobre las olas (Over the Waves) See more »
Quotes McGraw: Wait. I just happened to think of something. 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.
Stanton Carlisle: That's all I want.
McGraw: And we'll keep you in coffee and cake. 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.
Stanton Carlisle: Geek?
McGraw: You know what a geek is, don't you?
Stanton Carlisle: Yeah. Sure, I... I know what a geek is.
McGraw: Do you think you can handle it?
Stanton Carlisle: Mister, I was made for it.
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