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Texas Carnival (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 5 October 1951 (USA)
A showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.

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Cornie Quinell
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Slim Shelby
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Sunshine Jackson
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Marilla Sabinas
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Dan Sabinas
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Sheriff Jackson
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Tex Hodgkins
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Concessionaire #1
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Concessionaire #2
Marjorie Wood ...
Mrs. Gaytes
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Hotel Clerk
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Mr. Gaytes
Duke Johnson ...
Juggler
Wilson Wood ...
Bellboy
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Storyline

An guy and a girl who are working in a carnival's dunk tank. When inebriated Texan comes to the booth he and the guy starts drinking. Eventually the Texan invites him to a function. When they get there he's mistaken for the Texan and she for the man's sister. Eventually he lost a wager and doesn't know how he's going to pay it. And the girl finds herself attracted to the Texan's foreman. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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FOR THE MILLIONS WHO LOVED "THE GREAT CARUSO" AND "SHOW BOAT" ANOTHER BIG MGM MUSICAL! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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5 October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karneval in Texas  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time "Texas Carnival" was filmed, Red Norvo's trio included an African-American musician, bassist Charles Mingus, and when they recorded their number for this film (backing Ann Miller on "It's Dynamite") Mingus played on the soundtrack. But when the number was filmed MGM executives insisted that a white bassist substitute for Mingus on screen. See more »

Goofs

During the chuck wagon race the Texas flag on the announcers stand is upside down. See more »


Soundtracks

Whoa, Emma!
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Howard Keel
Sung alter by Foy Willing and Foy Willing's Orchestra
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Mistaken identity...Texas style.
2 August 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I like Red Skelton films. However, they're certainly not all alike. His best are films where he's the star and nothing else. But since MGM was the studio of the big musicals as well, often he was placed in musicals...with mostly second-rate results. I have nothing against musicals....but when you are making a comedy, let the comedian do his schtick and don't distract the audience with songs. And, unfortunately, this one also has a bit of Esther Williams' swimming...and so Skelton isn't exactly the sole focus of the movie.

Cornie (Skelton) and Debbie (Esther Williams) work at a carnival. One day, a super-rich Texan, Dan Sabinas (Keenan Wynn) arrives and takes an instant liking to Cornie and invites him to a big party he's throwing. Unfortunately, Dan is dead drunk and has no recollection of doing this...but Cornie takes him at his word and brings Debbie with him to Texas for the party. Through a case of mistaken identity, the pair are mistaken for Dan and his sister--and soon everyone is making over them like they are rich millionaires. Insanely, the pair decide to play along...and ultimately get into all sorts of trouble. The worst part is that Red accidentally loses $17,000 in a poker game that lasts about 30 seconds...and he cannot possibly pay. How can he extricate himself from this huge mess? And, what will Debbie do when a man (Howard Keel) has fallen from her and it appears that he thinks she is Dan's sister!

While the plot sounds pretty funny it suffers from three problems. The first I mentioned above--singing and swimming that get in the way of the comedy. The second is that the ending is incredibly ludicrous with everything working out just fine...almost as if an intertitle card popped up and said "Ignore the mess they've gotten into....PRESTO...it's gone". Third, and the previous two problems contribute to this, is that it just isn't a particularly funny film. Agreeable but nothing more.


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