The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 April 1941 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Flo Lorraine
Matt Varney
Mary Coster
Sig Ruman ...
Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)
Cliff Clark ...
Charley Foy ...
John Ridgely ...
Clara Blandick ...
Mrs. Williams
Mr. Williams
Garry Owen ...
Jack Mower ...


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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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »


The Umbrella Man
Music by Vincent Rose and Larry Stock
Played when the taxi pulls into the carnival lot
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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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