Stuart Gordon on

Nightmare Alley

Released 1947
Distributor 20th Century Fox

One of the darkest major studio movies of the post-war period, this bleakly cynical melodrama anticipates the most nihilistic upcoming noirs despite its classy auspices. A movie Tom Cruise needs to remake.

About Stuart Gordon

Writer/director Stuart Gordon has returned to the world of live theater with his recent productions of Nevermore starring his old friend Jeffrey Combs as Edgar Allan Poe, and Re-Animator The Musical (the title says it all.) Next year he will be producing and directing Taste, a play based on the true life story of the man who put a help-wanted ad on the internet for someone he could kill and eat.