Nightmare Alley | 1947
Stanton Carlisle, a womanizing, small-time carnival huckster obtains the secrets of a fake mind reader and becomes a high-society spiritualist. He acquires two partners in his con, Zeena, a sideshow fortune teller, and a psychologist, Dr. Lileth Ritter. His wife Molly reluctantly agrees to participate as well. Just as "The Great Stanton" seems on the verge of riches, Molly exposes him during a particularly cruel exhibition where she is supposed to act the part of a man's dead mistress. Stan's fall is as swift as his ascent. He is ruined and starts drinking heavily, until he is forced to take on a job in the same shoddy carnival he started in, but this time as the "geek," a freak show attraction who eats live chickens to earn his keep.