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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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Cast

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Debbie Telford
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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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M-G-M's High, Wide and Handsome TECHNICOLOR Musical! See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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(Technicolor)

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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

When Cornie gets back onto the chuck wagon from Debbie's horse, the reins are taut, showing that the horses are being controlled by a hidden driver. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Young Folks Should Get Married
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Howard Keel
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Friendly and occasionally lively...all it needed was a wittier script
12 April 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Penniless carnival barker Red Skelton and chorine-turned-dunking girl Esther Williams are mistaken for millionaires and are forced to enter a Chuck Wagon race to eradicate a gambling debt. Modest M-G-M comedy-musical filmed in Technicolor looks just as good as the studio's more-popular output--what was needed, however, was a screenplay with bigger laughs and stronger characterizations. Skelton juggles, sings, and performs some pleasing comedy shtick, but he's too polite here; director Charles Walters keeps Red reigned-in so much that a nutty drunk routine late in the movie seems out of place. Williams has a nifty fantasy number where she appears to pole-dance underwater (!), while Ann Miller has one great tap-dance sequence accompanied by a mad xylophone. Isolated moments of fun linked by the barest minimum of plot, though the wild slapstick finale nearly makes up for the picture's deficiencies. **1/2 from ****


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