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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.

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Ray Enright

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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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The surging drama...the teeming thrills...behind the circus scenes! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnival See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The lions were from Gay's Lion Farm in El Monte, California. In operation from 1925 to 1942 when it closed due to war-time meat rationing, it was a popular tourist attraction and lion breeding center. See more »

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Nick Coster: [to Flo] When I get a break, I'll hang a jewelry store around that lovely neck of yours.
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From Me to You
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Bogart's Top Billing
3 February 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Wagons Roll at Night, The (1941)

** (out of 4)

Circus promoter Nick Coaster (Humphrey Bogart) finds himself in trouble when a dangerous lion escapes his act but a grocery clerk (Eddie Albert) ends up saving the day. Nick, seeing the possibility for money, hires the kid on as a lion trainer but soon jealously gets involved as Nick's girlfriend (Sylvia Sidney) starts to fall for the kid but even worse is when his sister (Joan Leslie) falls for him. This film really comes off as a watered down version of Kid Galahad, which also featured Bogart in a supporting role. If you've seen that earlier film with Edward G. Robinson and Bette Davis (or the later Elvis remake) then you're going to know all the twists and turns that this film offers. The one thing this film has going for it is seeing the pre-fame Bogart playing this type of role so fans of the actor might get a kick out of this thing. I've read that Bogart really hated this film but he's actually not too bad in it. He certainly isn't giving a classic performance but he does a good job showing off his tough side and again, it's always fun seeing him in this type of role. Sidney ends up stealing the film as his troubled girlfriend who wants a better life outside the circus. She comes off very charming in her role and add a lovely realism to her character. Albert is also very good in his role and really comes across well as that bright eyed kid who is about to learn a lesson in life. There are some nice touches of humor thrown in including a great sequence when the lion escapes and wonders into Albert's grocery store. A woman is sniffing limburger cheese when she first sees the beast and Albert's reaction to what happens is great. It's also worth noting that this is the first film in which Bogart received top-billing so that's one historic reason, which might draw people to watch this.


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