Carnival Boat (1932)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Music  |  19 March 1932 (USA)
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Honey, a young entertainer on a carnival boat, is in love with Buck but Buck's father is against the romance.


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Honey, a young entertainer on a carnival boat, is in love with Buck but Buck's father is against the romance.

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A hardy lumberjack tamed by a showboat girl!


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19 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Bad Timber  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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The scenes aboard the runaway train were printed in reverse, as can be seen on the backwards writing on the sides of the rail cars. See more »


Sweet and Lovely
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias and Neil Moret
Played in the background at the boat cantina and other scenes
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A typical, breezy sort of William Boyd B-movie
21 January 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Before gaining huge fame as the cowboy star Hopalong Cassidy, William Boyd was a movie star in his own right--starring in a bunch of films in the 20s and early 30s. Many of them were B-movies, like "Carnival Boat". By B, I mean that they were meant as the second, less film offered at a double-feature. This second film was always cheaply made, lasted only about an hour and usually went straight to the action-- and all this is true of this film.

Buck is the foreman with a logging company. However, his father is concerned that Buck isn't exactly a tough boss--and often lets the men slack off. He's even more upset when he tells Buck not to allow the men to frequent the visiting show boat, as it will only get them into trouble--yet later that same night, he finds Buck and his men there! Buck is there to see his girlfriend, Honey (Ginger Rogers) but Dad will have none of it--his son is a disappointment. Can Buck prove himself to Dad? And, if Buck wants to marry Honey, is there any way Dad would ever accept a singer from one of these dreaded boats? Hint--the answers to these probably won't come as major surprises.

Overall, this is an entertaining film that certainly has little in the way of pretense. It's at its best with some of the action scenes-- such as the deftly handled runaway train sequence. Worth your time but far from a must-see picture.

By the way, in addition to Boyd later getting a makeover in order to become a cowboy, Ginger Rogers is seen here in her pre-makeover days. She still sports brown hair and obviously hasn't undergone the voice coaching she must have had as her star continued to rise in Hollywood.

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