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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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Cast

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Flo Lorraine
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Matt Varney
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Mary Coster
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Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)
Cliff Clark ...
Doc
Charley Foy ...
Snapper
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Tex
John Ridgely ...
Arch
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Mrs. Williams
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Mr. Williams
Garry Owen ...
Gus
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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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The surging drama...the teeming thrills...behind the circus scenes! 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 third Warner Brothers pairing of Joan Leslie and Eddie Albert in films released from February to May, 1941. See more »

Quotes

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 Summer of '42 (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Valurile Dunarii (Danube Waves)
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Music by Iosif Ivanovici
Played when Nick admits to Flo that he treats her badly
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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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