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 ...
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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
A whole bunch of clips of a carnival...interspersed with vignettes featuring Henry Armetta.
"Carnival Day" isn't the deepest of films but it is enjoyable. It's much like visiting an old carnival in the 1930s complete with little vignettes interspersed through the film of character actor Henry Armetta trying to make us laugh. Even if you love old films, you probably don't recognize Armetta's name, but he was a very familiar character actor of the day--usually playing goofy and very stereotypical Italians.
There really isn't a lot of depth to this one...just some nice clips and Armetta. But its made in lovely color and is quite enjoyable. And, sometimes, that's more than enough.
By the way, one tiny portion might offend some, as it shows some happy black folks singing and dancing...a common and widely accepted image of the day. Incredibly stereotypical but rather benign compared to some portrayals of the day.
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