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Cadabra
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Just in case you didn't already know...Nightmare Alley is now out on DVD.
"It has always amazed and baffled me that audiences will wait patiently in line and pay good money to have the wits scared out of them." - William Castle

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It's both a favorite book and movei of mine... Look for "The Dreaming Jewels."
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Thanks Cadabra, I was looking forward for Nightmare to come out. The studio and the producer were going back and forth about MONEY, and it did not look like this movie was going to be release. Fortunatly everybody greed has been apeased. I went out and purchased this movie when you brought to everyone attention. I did a search, but could not find an answer to this question, what other movies are there available on DVD on this subject?

Nightmare Alley
Freaks (my next purchase)
Carnnie (Jodie Foster pic, but it is not availalbe on DVD, think I am spelling it wrong sorry)

any others...?
thanks again

Jerry
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There's actually a lot out there if you hunt for them. Here's a short list of DVD titles that are (or were) available. Have fun hunting.

Carnival of Blood
Freakshow
The Greatest Show on Earth
Big Top Pee Wee
Murder in the Museum

AND...Definitely Pick up "She Freak". Something Weird Video puts it out on DVD. It's immaculate and has a bunch of special features like a newsreel interview with the Hilton Sisters and the Gibb Sisters and
actual footage from a 1930's Sideshow...
does anyone have any info on which show this could have been? At one point I see a Hubert's Museum Banner up but I don't know if it's just random footage or one show.
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FUN HOUSE is a lousy movie, but has some great shots of props from carnivals past, especially in the opening sequence.

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Let me urge you in the strongest possible terms to visit Vanteen's site (link below) - it's his sideshow: "At Bakersfield we were approached as soon as we got on the lot by Bobby Cohn and a fellow named David Friedman, who was a motion picture producer. He wanted to use our sideshow, while in operation, in a movie he was shooting that took place on a carnival midway. The movie was centered around a woman who takes a job on a carnival midway, but is repulsed by the sideshow and it's people. She marries, and murders, the carnival concession manager, but gets her due from the sideshow people in the end. The plot was very similar to the famous 1932 Todd Browning movie "Freaks", which Schlitzie had had a role in. This new movie was to be called "She Freak". They used the interior and exterior of our show, while we were performing. I was given a role in the movie- "Mr. Babcock", carnival owner! Consequently, I had to stay out of the scenes in and around the sideshow while they were shooting! Lee was in several scenes, as well as Bill Unks, Dino Diza, and Evelyn, Lee's sister. It didn't interfere with business- most of the shooting was done before we'd open for business or after the carnival closed. Bakersfield was one of the biggest fairs in California, and it runs ten days. We had a lot of fun being a part of this picture. For those who have seen the movie: I played another role besides Mr. Babcock- at the climax of the movie, when all of the freaks attack the girl, I was the one dressed as a wild, bushy-haired monster!..."

Vanteen was amazingly generous to me in my own research, and his site contains a wealth of detailed stories you will surely enjoy! (By the way, it was the aforementioned Bill Unks who found pinhead Schlitzie "lost" from his/her carny career in a state mental hospital and rescued him to live out his years back on the road with Ward Hall.)

See http://members.tripod.com/~vanteen/
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