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Carnival Story (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 16 April 1954 (USA)
An American carnival in Germany sets the scene for sin, sex and melodrama.



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Hammond
Frank Colloni
Bill Vines
Charley Grayson
Ady Berber ...
Groppo (as Adi Berber)


In search of better business, a big American carnival opens in Munich, Germany. Joe the barker befriends attractive pickpocket Willie, finds her a job, and beds her. Then high diver Frank recruits Willie as his assistant. When Frank falls for her and proposes marriage, Joe takes the opportunity to brush her off. After the marriage, Joe figures he can still exercise his sexual hold over Willie; but tragedy intervenes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of a woman's shame!




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Release Date:

16 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ceux du voyage  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was filmed simultaneously in a German language version, Circus of Love (1954). The cast of the German version can be seen in uncredited cameo appearances in the English language version, and vice versa. See more »


Joe didn't realize until shortly after Willie picked his pocket that his wallet was missing so would have not known it was Willie who stole it and therefore would not be able to pick her out in the crowd. Also when he confronts her, he would not have known where she hid his wallet. See more »


[first lines]
Frank Colloni: Whaddya say, Joe.
[to Charley]
Frank Colloni: Boy, this is sure seein' Europe the hard way!
Charley Grayson: Aw, it's better than dodgin' those sheriffs in Kentucky. Besides, we might do pretty good here.
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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »


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Loving triangle at the circus world in colorful scenery
19 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

A young girl (Anne Baxter) runs away and joins a traveling carnival troupe in Colonia (Germany), an American-owned circus in all its beautiful and sadness in the setting . She falls in love with her employer (Steve Cochran) and is hired by the ringmaster (J.C. Flippen). Later on , she is contracted by a somersault artist (Lyle Bettger), who teaches her the leap routine and soon becomes the main attraction but he has a fatal accident . Anne Baxter as an aerial acrobat dropping to swimming pool is interested in both men.

The film is a melodramatic and romantic tale with the classic triangular love story through an European tour and meshing drama with events offstage . It deals with an U.S. carnival in Colonia sets the scene for sin , sex , passion and melodrama . The movie is wrought with romance and glamour but is a simple and tragic story about a scheming young girl and the men of whom she takes advantage . This dramatic flick packs an exciting final adding the beauty-beast myth . Extraordinary cast and good performances , especially from Anne Baxter and George Nader as a journalist , both of whom are top-notch under Kurt Neumann's correct direction . Furthermore , some scenes the actors perform their own stunts . After that , George Nader stayed in Germany where had success playing Jerry Cotton , a solid entry in German crime series . Fine camera work with exquisite images in Agfacolor and superb European location by cameraman Ernest Haller . The motion picture was well directed by Kurt Neumann , known director of classic Sci-Fi (The fly , Rocketship X-M , Kronos) , besides he realized at the same time the German version titled ¨Circus of love¨ with Curt Jurgens and Eva Bartok in similar roles .

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