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Carnival Story (1954)

Approved | | Drama | 16 April 1954 (USA)
An American carnival in Germany sets the scene for sin, sex and melodrama.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Hans Jacoby (screenplay), Kurt Neumann (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Baxter ... Willi
Steve Cochran ... Joe Hammond
Lyle Bettger ... Frank Colloni
George Nader ... Bill Vines
Jay C. Flippen ... Charley Grayson
Helene Stanley ... Peggy
Ady Berber ... Groppo the Wildman (as Adi Berber)
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Storyline

In search of better business, a big American carnival opens in Munich, Germany. Joe the barker befriends attractive pickpocket Willie, finds her a job, and beds her. Then high diver Frank recruits Willie as his assistant. When Frank falls for her and proposes marriage, Joe takes the opportunity to brush her off. After the marriage, Joe figures he can still exercise his sexual hold over Willie; but tragedy intervenes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of a woman's shame!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ceux du voyage See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)| Color (Prints by Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was filmed simultaneously in a German language version, Circus of Love (1954). The cast of the German version can be seen in uncredited cameo appearances in the English language version, and vice versa. See more »

Goofs

Joe didn't realize until shortly after Willie picked his pocket that his wallet was missing so would have not known it was Willie who stole it and therefore would not be able to pick her out in the crowd. Also when he confronts her, he would not have known where she hid his wallet. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Frank Colloni: Whaddya say, Joe.
[to Charley]
Frank Colloni: Boy, this is sure seein' Europe the hard way!
Charley Grayson: Aw, it's better than dodgin' those sheriffs in Kentucky. Besides, we might do pretty good here.
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Alternate Versions

Simultaneously shot in two versions; the German language version, Circus of Love, stars Curd Jürgens, Eva Bartok and Bernhard Wicki. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring Down the Curtain
Written by Willy Schmidt-Gentner, Pony Sherrell, Philip Moody
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Joan Crawford Could Have Made This FUN
1 July 2015 | by poetcomic1See all my reviews

Anne Baxter is channeling her 'inner Joan Crawford' at every key scene of this lively B-Movie time waster. Carnival Girl Joan was a natural for this - a shame she was too old. Those looks of blazing hatred and the words Baxter spits out at Steve Cochran (when she's not grinding all over him) need some serious eyebrows and shoulder pads. To be honest I watched this from start to finish and never felt the urge to turn it off. Many a 'great' movie I've left half finished. This is pure B movie and certainly not great but the story hooks keep it moving from scene to scene. I should have seen the ending a mile away but didn't bother to look for it.

That male high diving husband wore the CREEPIEST bathing suit I have ever seen on a man. I never saw the actor before but he was oddly sexless, effeminate and unsettling. There is one scene when he is having his blond locks lovingly styled by a midget that belongs in a Bunuel movie.


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