I've been watching quite a number of Tyrone Power films lately. My personal favorites have always been The Mark of Zorro, The Long Gray Line and I'll Never Forget You. The two former are available currently on DVD. A superb actor, who began his film career as an early teen, Mr. Power was quickly moved from one production to the next via his Fox contract. He was originally billed as Tyrone Power, Jr., as his father also acted in film from 1914 until his final performance in The Big Trail in 1930. Nightmare Alley was his thirtieth film, produced when he was still in his early thirties. He continued to act until his untimely passing at only forty-five, during the production of Solomon and Sheba. That would have been fifty films in twenty-nine years, with time out during WWII to serve in the military. Known for his boyish, good looks and charm, his turn in Nightmare Alley took him into totally new and untested turf, and turned out to be one of his finest performances. In most simplistic of forms, Fox used Mr. Power as their answer to Warner Brother's Errol Flynn, and while his performances were always elegant and believable, Mr. Flynn was a unique commodity. There are few films that fit the "Noir" ethic more perfectly than Nightmare Alley, which is being offered as part of the second group of noir offerings from Fox, along with House of Bamboo and The Street with No Name. Fox probably has more noir product than any of the other studios, which means that their continuing release of product in quality form is welcome. Fox's Nightmare Alley comes extremely highly recommended.