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Carnival (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 February 1935 (USA)
"Chick" Thompson is a puppet-master in a traveling carnival whose wife dies in childbirth and leaves him with an infant son he names "Poochy." His father-in-law and the baby's grandfather ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Robert Riskin (story), Robert Riskin (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Chick Thompson
Sally Eilers ... Daisy
Jimmy Durante ... Fingers
Florence Rice ... Miss Holbrook
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Mac (as Thomas Jackson)
Dickie Walters Dickie Walters ... Poochy (as John Richard Walters)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Jean Gardner Beverly Jean Gardner ... Baby
Gene O'Brien Gene O'Brien ... Minor Role
Billy Smith Billy Smith
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"Chick" Thompson is a puppet-master in a traveling carnival whose wife dies in childbirth and leaves him with an infant son he names "Poochy." His father-in-law and the baby's grandfather sues him for custody of the baby and Chick takes his son and hides out for a couple of years. He joins his former assistants, Daisy and "Fingers", in a circus act only to find that the persistent grandfather is still on his trail. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Another Columbia Hit By Robert Riskin, Adapter of "Broadway Bill" and "Lady for a Day" See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Worlds Fair See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Funny Men Misused in Baby Sob Story
2 February 2019 | by rhoda-9See all my reviews

Technically, this is a comedy (happy ending, funny dialogue), but it's a pretty soggy one. Lee Tracy, the screen's peerless impersonator of fast-talking, wisecracking flim-flam men, is Chick, a carny showman whose wife dies in childbirth and whose anxieties about bringing up baby expose us to lots of lectures about bottles and thermometers. Jimmy Durante, whose talent is for demolishing order and breaking up the joint, assists Tracy in baby care, helping him put up a front of respectability for the baby-snatchers from the Children's Society. These harpies pursue Tracy with such assiduity over the years you would think his name was Chick Valjean.

Chick learns that a wife would make him genuinely respectable, but his worries prevent him seeing that sweet Sally Eilers, who is besotted with both him and his baby, is the one for him. The performers are all appealing, and the baby isn't too hard to take, but the script is pretty lame, and the whole enterprise feels damped down by the enforced pathos and the submission of the two comics' raucous personalities to these nice-guy parts.


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