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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)
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Charley Foy ...
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Garry Owen ...
Gus
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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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The surging drama...the teeming thrills...behind the circus scenes! See more »

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Carnival  »

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

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Matt Varney: If you look at it in a certain way, a lion's nothing but a large chipmunk.
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Referenced in Breakdowns of 1941 (1941) See more »

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The Umbrella Man
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Music by Vincent Rose and Larry Stock
Played when the taxi pulls into the carnival lot
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"This is the game I woke up in; it's the only one I know."
28 December 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart runs a circus but doesn't want his kid sister Joan Leslie to have anything to do with circus men. Enter grocery clerk-turned-lion tamer Eddie Albert, who "aww shucks" his way to Joan's heart while also making an impression on Bogie's woman Sylvia Sidney. Lots of drama under the big top in this one. It's essentially a remake of 1937's Kid Galahad, a boxing film with the same plot. Bogart was also in that picture, only he played the villain there. This lesser Bogie pic came out between two of his classics, High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon. It obviously doesn't compare to either of those movies but it's pleasant enough for what it is. The WB flavor and circus setting help some. Bogie sells his part well as a guy who's neither all good nor all bad. Sidney is lovely and gives a nice sensitive performance. Leslie is also good in her small role. For his part, Eddie Albert does fine as the innocent hayseed bumpkin with a heart of gold. The solid supporting cast includes Sig Ruman, Frank Wilcox, and John Ridgely. It's an OK movie, especially for fans of Bogart or the kinds of dramas Warner Bros. put out in the '30s and '40s. But it's not remarkable in any way and the ending stinks.


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