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Carnival Day (1936)

Approved  |   |  Short, Comedy, Crime  |  11 January 1936 (USA)
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It's carnival time, crowds gather for horse races and the games and food of a midway. Bobby the singing jockey will be riding the favorite Stardust, and if they win, the prize money will ... See full summary »

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Henry Armetta ...
Tony - the Balloon Man
Felix Knight ...
Bobby
Joan Barclay ...
Peggy
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It's carnival time, crowds gather for horse races and the games and food of a midway. Bobby the singing jockey will be riding the favorite Stardust, and if they win, the prize money will enable Bobby to ask Maggie, a carnival florist, to marry him. Tony, an exuberant balloon man, happens on a plot to hobble Stardust. Tony has bet his business on the race's outcome. How will Stardust do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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11 January 1936 (USA)  »

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Broadway Brevities (1935-1936 season) #12: Carnival Day  »

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Vitaphone production reels #7143-7144. See more »

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Hostrauser's March
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Music by William Paris Chambers
Played by the marching band at the beginning
Also played when the horses and other animals are paraded on the track
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A Warner Bros. Vitaphone short experimenting with color...
27 March 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's hard to believe that the Technicolor captured in CARNIVAL DAY, made in 1936, was as beautiful as anything that came years later. In fact, it appears to be a Vitaphone short from Warner Bros. that was produced solely to test the Technicolor cameras for authentic color and flesh tones. It succeeds brilliantly, making it possible for the studio to go ahead with plans to film THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD in color the following year ('37) for release in '38.

No real plot here, just an abundance of carnival sights and sounds with Italian character actor HENRY ARMETTA as a man peddling colorful balloons and sampling some of the hot dogs and other goodies between sales pitches. It's he who thwarts two bad guys who are trying to fix the race by puncturing his balloons and making them sound like gunfire. That's about it, for a plot.

But the viewer will be entranced by the spectacular color shots including the Arabian white horses on parade with thoroughbreds and grand champions; Angora goats; bulls and cows; stablemen including a black boy who tap dances Bill Robinson style; and side shows including fire eaters. Meanwhile, there's a singing segment where the jockey tenor sings a love song to a pretty girl while the camera captures the full beauty of roses in bloom.

After Armetta foils the crooks, there's a race to the finish that the jockey wins, of course.

A short subject worth watching for the color alone.


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