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Carnival (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 2 December 1946 (UK)
A dancer attempts to escape from the narrow conventions of society and from the fate foretold for her at her birth.


Stanley Haynes


Stanley Haynes (screen adaptation), Guy Green (screen adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Gray ... Jenny Pearl Raeburn
Michael Wilding ... Maurice Avery
Stanley Holloway ... Charlie Raeburn
Bernard Miles ... Zachary Trewhella
Jean Kent ... Irene Dale
Catherine Lacey ... Florrie Raeburn
Nancy Price ... Mrs. Trewhella
Hazel Court ... May Raeburn
Michael Clarke Michael Clarke ... Frank (Fuzz) Castleton
Brenda Bruce ... Maudie Chapman
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Corentin
Ronald Ward ... Jack Danby
Mackenzie Ward ... Arthur Danby
Bruce Winston Bruce Winston ... Mr. Montgmery Dutt
Dennis Arundell ... Studholme
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A dancer attempts to escape from the narrow conventions of society and from the fate foretold for her at her birth.

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Why so little interest?
31 December 2012 | by milliefanSee all my reviews

Having just watched Carnival I was interested to see what other IMDb users thought about it. Astonishingly there was just one review! Extraordinary! Well - if you get the chance, do try to catch this excellent piece of British cinema history. As well as being an unusual, well acted and interesting drama, Carnival is crammed with wonderful English stars and character players ... in fact, there are so many that well-known faces such as Kathleen Harrison aren't even billed in the credits! The film marked Sally Gray's triumphant return to the screen following a five year absence, and although a good ten years too old for her role, she still gives a luminous performance, commanding all her scenes with a natural authority and star quality. There is one scene which made me smile, as the supposedly 19 year old Sally looks into a mirror and wistfully says "In eleven years I'll be 30. I wonder what I'll look like". Not much different, one imagines the audience thinking. The plot concerns a young dancer (Sally Gray) in turn of the century London. Her home life is not particularly harmonious, living with her mismatched parents (Stanley Holloway and Catherine Lacey) and her younger sister (Hazel Court). Courted by stage door johnnies along with her fellow dancers (Jean Kent, Brenda Bruce), she resists temptation but does fall in love with a temperamental artist (Michael Wilding). When he asks her to go away with him, she must choose whether to follow her heart or stay on the straight and narrow. At this point the film takes a most unexpected and fascinating turn, leading to a genuinely shocking conclusion, and I defy anyone to guess what will happen in the last three minutes!

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Release Date:

2 December 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Herz geht verloren See more »

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Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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