"King of the Carnival" is the nadir of the once fabulous Republic Studio
serial machine that turned out true masterpieces of action during the late
30s and early 40s. Made in l950, this ultra cheapie is a disgrace. I'm
that the brilliant Republic serial directors like William Witney and John
English were mortified to discover their studio had unleashed this
incredibly bad, tawdry product onto movie screens. This story has
to do with a circus and criminals. I couldn't figure it out. One of the
circus dressing rooms is set up against the corner of a sound stage with
draperies to hide the wall. The draperies constantly ripple from a draft.
some of the underwater sequences, the performers pretend to be in the
by moving in s-l-o-w motion. Yet, they don't get wet. One plus: the tape
that this came in has to be one of the most beautifully created containers
I've ever seen. Someone did a brilliant job designing this little work of
art. Brilliant and vibrant yellows, greens and reds and blues jump off the
box. I would give the tape box an A+. The serial gets an O--as in off the
radar screen for lousy entertainment. Watch it out of curiosity. And then
watch one of Republic's greatest serials: the l942 masterpiece, "G-Men vs.
The Black Dragon" with one of the most dynamic female performances in
serials: the fabulous Constance Worth. Just watch her use the machine
revolvers to help out her boss, rugged Rod Cameron.
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