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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
Clara Blandick ...
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 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

Referenced in Summer of '42 (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Billboard
(uncredited)
Music by John Klohr
Played by the band the first time in the tent
Also played when Matt first enters the cage
Also played when Matt tries to wake Hoffman
Also played during the Varney of the Lions montage
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Kid Galahad with lions
12 December 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good film, with decent acting all around. In fact, I always enjoy watching Eddie Albert in films just because, to me, it's like seeing "Oliver Wendell Douglas" perform in movies (you know, his character from GREEN ACRES). The problem with the film, though, is that it is a VERY CLOSE remake of Kid Galahad--which was only made a few years earlier. Hollywood had a habit of remaking films repeatedly in the 30s and 40s--often only years after the original film. So, if the original film is better, why watch the remake? I guess for this one, the only reasons would be to see Eddie Albert or Humphrey Bogart or because the plot is so unusual, with the theme being Lion Taming and not Boxing! Yes, I did say Lion Taming!


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