Reel McCoy Film Society presents bi-monthly film screenings of classic cinema.
Members are invited to purchase an annual Reel McCoy membership at the discounted price of $20 (usually $50/year) upon presentation of their current ACT M&G membership card.
Nightmare Alley (1947)
111 Minutes, USA
Director: Edmund Goulding
Cast: Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Mike Mazurki
A powerful film noir with Power as an ambitious carnival barker. Discovering that Zeena (Joan Blondell) has a code for convincing audiences she can read minds, he sees his chance. To make the film believable, a working carnival was built on ten acres, and 100 sideshow attractions hired.
64 Minutes, USA
Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates
A pre-code horror film with people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities. It tells the story of a sideshow and the camaraderie of its performers. While many feel the film explores these 1930s shows frankly but with sympathy, the film was banned in the UK for 30 years because it was considered overly exploitative.