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
Paula Raymond ...
Marilla Sabinas
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Dan Sabinas
Tom Tully ...
Sheriff Jackson
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Tex Hodgkins
Dick Wessel ...
Concessionaire #1
Donald MacBride ...
Concessionaire #2
Marjorie Wood ...
Mrs. Gaytes
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Hotel Clerk
Thurston Hall ...
Mr. Gaytes
Duke Johnson ...
Juggler
Wilson Wood ...
Bellboy
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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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5 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Karneval in Texas  »

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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 »

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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 »

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The Carnie's Pitch
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Performed by Red Skelton
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While We Clean The Pool
12 April 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Esther Williams set on the MGM lot must have been in repair, maybe the pool needed a chlorine refill because none of the spectacular aquatic scenes associated with her films will be found in Texas Carnival. In fact this is really a Red Skelton film and the powers that be at MGM who always liked to keep their contract players working said do this film while we clean the pool.

It's not the greatest Esther Williams or even Red Skelton film, but it does have an amusing moment or two. Red and Esther are working at a dunk tank in a cheap carnival when an inebriated Keenan Wynn shows up and through a combination of circumstances Williams and Skelton wind up going to a Texas resort being mistaken for Wynn and his sister Paula Raymond.

They both find love and trouble at the resort with Williams taking a real liking to Howard Keel who is the foreman of Wynn's ranch and Red falling for the tap dancing sheriff's daughter in the person of Ann Miller. Red also by playing up to the big Texas cattle baron manages to lose $17,000.00 dollars in what the Texans just call a friendly game among millionaires.

As I said Texas Carnival is clearly more Red's film than Esther's and he dominates with a hilarious chuck wagon race finale and one of his patented drunk scenes. What's interesting is that in this film Skelton had Keenan Wynn to contend with in the inebriation competition. Both of these guys have played incredible imbibing scenes in their respective films.

In his memoirs Howard Keel says that Red Skelton was a comic genius, but so much so that his contemporaries had trouble keeping up with him. In that barroom scene with Keenan Wynn it took half a day to shoot because Wynn couldn't help breaking up at his performance.

Don't look for too much aquatics in this Esther Williams film, but it's a not bad Red Skelton comedy.


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