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The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)

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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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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 <>

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FOR THE MILLIONS WHO CHEERED "THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT"! (1941 one-sheet poster) See more »


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Release Date:

25 April 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carnival  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Starting with this film, Bogart would always receive top billing for the rest of his career. See more »


Hoffman the Great: [Showing up for work drunk, before his lion-taming performance] A real man can drink and *still* do his work!
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »


Aloha Oe
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
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In this film, Bogart received top-star billing for the first time…

The film was nothing more than a remake of "Kid Galahad," with the hero (Eddie Albert) as a lion tamer instead of a boxer… Bogart walked indifferently through his role as the owner of a traveling carnival whose plot was borrowed from Howard Hawks' "Tiger Shark."

Sylvia Sidney appeared in the Bette Davis as Bogart's troubled girlfriend, a fortuneteller with the carnival… The film was a very disappointing follow-up to Bogart's triumph in "High Sierra," but better things lay immediately ahead as Bogart was now ready for a new image, an image which was to dominate the screen for the next years, an image which found its basic construction in John Huston's "The Maltese Falcon."

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