Carnival Lady (1933)

 |  Drama  |  11 November 1933 (USA)
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When his bank fails, a young man loses not only all his money but his fiancée, deserts him, too. Depressed, he joins a circus.



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Boots Mallory ...
Penny Lee
Allen Vincent ...
Tom Warren
Donald Kerr ...
Rollo Lloyd ...
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Jim Ryan
Gertrude Astor ...
Anita Faye ...
Rich Hayes ...
P.T. 'Porky' Owens
Earl McDonald ...
Kit Guard ...
Gorilla Watson


When his bank fails, a young man loses not only all his money but his fiancée, deserts him, too. Depressed, he joins a circus.

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Hamburgers and Caviar.
21 February 2015 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Not a badly done film for the period. Allen Vincent is a rich young man whose money suddenly disappears. (This is 1933.) A proud mean, he lies to his effete, snobbish friends that he hasn't lost a cent but is merely going on a long trip. Only to his friend, Earl McDonald, does he spill the beans, the few that are left.

Vincent then uses his remaining sixty-seven dollars to vorkapich around the country, finally winding up broke at a carnival. He scrounges for a hamburger. He befriends two other men down on their luck and together they find jobs at the carnival. The cockiest of the three is Donald Kerr, who objects to being called a good Samaritan because he's Dublin Irish. It was a better gag when Woody Allen used it: "He said he was a gynecologist but he didn't speak no foreign languages." Vincent is the high diver, and a spooky high dive it is.

He also falls for Boots Mallory, the carnival singer. She's awfully appealing and a decent actress as well. She dances and sings a number, "Love in a Minor Key," in a pleasant voice that I presume belongs to someone else.

Little do Allen and Boots know that unpleasantness, if not tragedy, lay just around the corner. Allen's friends from the cocktail circuit visit the show to "see all the ridiculous people." Earlier, they had been briefly introduced to Mallory as Vincent's girl friend, but now they know about her milieu. Well, everyone believes you can't mix hamburgers and caviar, including Boots herself and Vincent's best friend, McDonald. You can take the girl out of the ferris wheel but you can't -- well.

Do all three of the original penniless beggars wind up joyous in marriage to suitable women? No! In a comic scene, the circus burns down and all are trampled by stampeding elephants!

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