The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.The rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a mentalist whose lies and deceit prove to be his downfall.
longtime favorite, still unavailable
Wandered in on this classic many years ago, when it aired on WGN with no advance notice. I'd read a Houdini biography by William Lindsay Gresham, and seeing his name on this really got my curiosity up. Can't understand all the comparisons to "Freaks". They share a carnival setting, and little else. In these days of "Crossing Over", and psychic 1-900 hotlines, everybody should see this expose of the psychic business, possibly more important now, than then. Tyrone Power is excellent, playing against type, and showing more acting ability than many expected. The cast is virtually flawless, and the story remains timely. Having worked on a carnival myself, this film was very useful. Between this, and the gambling books of John Scarne, I started at the carnival with full knowledge of the scams that augmented their operations. I guess that a new print has been struck for arthouse showings, but we really need a lavish DVD presentation, with all the extras and documentation they can find!
- Feb 27, 2004
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