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The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 April 1941 (USA)
After local grocery clerk rescues a baby from an escaped lion, a circus owner builds him into an attraction but balks when he falls in love with his sister.

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Flo Lorraine
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Matt Varney
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Mary Coster
Sig Ruman ...
Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)
Cliff Clark ...
Doc
Charley Foy ...
Snapper
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Tex
John Ridgely ...
Arch
Clara Blandick ...
Mrs. Williams
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Mr. Williams
Garry Owen ...
Gus
Jack Mower ...
Bundy
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Wally
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Storyline

A lion escapes Nick Coster's carnival and is captured by grocery clerk Matt Varney whom Nick brings into the show and eventually makes chief lion tamer. When Nick finds out Matt has fallen for his convent-bred sister Mary he makes him go into the cage with the insane lion Caesar. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A DRAMATIC SHOCK FROM THE BIG TOP! The surging drama behind the Big Show...a three ring cyclone of romance, drama and thrills! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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25 April 1941 (USA)  »

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Carnival  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The theatrical trailer was narrated by Gig Young. See more »

Quotes

Matt Varney: If you look at it in a certain way, a lion's nothing but a large chipmunk.
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Connections

Version of Kid Galahad (1937) See more »

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Aloha Oe
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Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Played during the hula dance
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not very good
24 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

A variation of Kid Galahad but without the Bogart character and the boxing. Humphrey Bogart plays the owner of a circus and Sylvia Sidney is his girl. The circus isn't very big and their lion tamer is always drunk. When a lion escapes and goes into a town, Eddie Albert winds up holding the lion back until Bogart shows up to get it. Bogart hires Albert as an assistant to the lion tamer but when the lion tamer gets really drunk, Albert has to go on by himself. He's a success and the other lion tamer is fired. The lion that escapes is very vicious and winds up killing a guy and when Albert goes to stay with Bogart's family after he is injured, Bogart gets an idea in his dead. The first part of the movie is pretty good but the ending is pretty obvious and also pretty bad.


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