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The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 April 1941 (USA)
After local grocery clerk rescues a baby from an escaped lion, a circus owner builds him into an attraction but balks when he falls in love with his sister.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Fred Niblo Jr. (screenplay), Barry Trivers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Nick Coster
Sylvia Sidney ... Flo Lorraine
Eddie Albert ... Matt Varney
Joan Leslie ... Mary Coster
Sig Ruman ... Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)
Cliff Clark ... Doc
Charley Foy ... Snapper
Frank Wilcox ... Tex
John Ridgely ... Arch
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Williams
Aldrich Bowker ... Mr. Williams
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Gus
Jack Mower ... Bundy
Frank Mayo ... Wally
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Storyline

A lion escapes Nick Coster's carnival and is captured by grocery clerk Matt Varney whom Nick brings into the show and eventually makes chief lion tamer. When Nick finds out Matt has fallen for his convent-bred sister Mary he makes him go into the cage with the insane lion Caesar. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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FOR THE MILLIONS WHO CHEERED "THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT"! (1941 one-sheet poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnival See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Leslie was only sixteen years old when this film was released. See more »

Quotes

Hoffman the Great: [Showing up for work drunk, before his lion-taming performance] A real man can drink and *still* do his work!
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Connections

Referenced in Summer of '42 (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Aloha Oe
(uncredited)
Music by Queen Liliuokalani
Played during the hula dance
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Kid Galahad with lions
12 December 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good film, with decent acting all around. In fact, I always enjoy watching Eddie Albert in films just because, to me, it's like seeing "Oliver Wendell Douglas" perform in movies (you know, his character from GREEN ACRES). The problem with the film, though, is that it is a VERY CLOSE remake of Kid Galahad--which was only made a few years earlier. Hollywood had a habit of remaking films repeatedly in the 30s and 40s--often only years after the original film. So, if the original film is better, why watch the remake? I guess for this one, the only reasons would be to see Eddie Albert or Humphrey Bogart or because the plot is so unusual, with the theme being Lion Taming and not Boxing! Yes, I did say Lion Taming!


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