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Carnival Story (1954)

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

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Willie
Steve Cochran ...
Joe Hammond
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Frank Colloni
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Bill Vines
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Charley Grayson
Helene Stanley ...
Peggy
Ady Berber ...
Groppo (as Adi Berber)
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Storyline

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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16 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ceux du voyage  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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(Agfacolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Alternate-language version of Circus of Love (1954) See more »

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Ring Down the Curtain
Written by Willy Schmidt-Gentner, Pony Sherrell, Philip Moody
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Steve Cochran at his best
30 May 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

As I remember it, this was an exciting movie of the day and it still stands up to the test in my opinion. Steve Cochran was still the right age to look good and so was Anne Baxter. His character has caught up with her again, and they have some history together. She has got a job in a circus with a high diving swimmer. I remember the diver for his unique soft voice. He was the "goody" in the film. Anne Baxters character doesn't want to take up with him again and Steve Cochran sort of become a stalker, hanging around the tent at night and giving a low whistle. The dim witted strong man of the circus is a little in love with her himself and will do anything to protect her. The three main characters are all good looking people which puts this film at it best. There is also the technical and interesting stuff of climbing a high ladder and looking down at a drum of water that looks like you are going to dive into just a teacupful of water for you are seemingly so high. Anne Baxter is also expected to learn how to do this. Steve Cochran is bothering her... And watch out for the Big Wheel. A wonderful film.


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