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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.


(as Albert Rogell)


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Complete credited cast:
Buck Gannon (as Bill Boyd)
Fred Kohler ...
Hobart Bosworth ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Harry Sweet ...
Charles Sellon ...
Eddy Chandler ...
Jordon (as Eddie Chandler)
Walter Percival ...


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)  »

Also Known As:

Bad Timber  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played in the background at the boat cantina and sung by an offscreen chorus
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Impressive logging camp scenes steal the show...
14 December 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

If it weren't for the way the logging camp scenes are photographed, including railway chases aboard the lumber train and stunts that have to be seen to be believed, CARNIVAL BOAT would pass the time quickly as a routine story of a little romance against a splendid outdoor setting.

WILLIAM BOYD plays the man who wants to become lumber boss and follow in the footsteps of his father. His romance with a showgirl (GINGER ROGERS) provides conflict for the father/son relationship when dad wants his son to ditch the girl and concentrate on becoming a foreman. Ginger's role is rather small, but she makes the most of a few touching scenes whereby she realizes she might be the wrong sweetheart for the lumberjack. FRED KOHLER makes an impressive "heavy" as the villain of the piece, a man not only willing to fight his rival but attempting to kill him.

EDGAR KENNEDY (doing his slow burn schtick) and HARRY SWEET provide the comedy relief, but it's all of the action stunts that steal the show and turn it into a better than average programmer from RKO. The dangerous stunts performed aboard moving trains full of lumber are especially well photographed, as are all of the scenes involving the cutting down of timber and setting free a log-jammed waterfall.

A much better film than I expected, giving WILLIAM BOYD a strong hero role that he makes the most of.

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