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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!

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Drama

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)| Color (Prints by Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Was supposed to be shot in 3-D, but that was scrapped just before shooting commenced. See more »

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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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Sleazy Carvival is More Fun than the Greatest Show on Earth
5 December 2010 | by Jay RaskinSee all my reviews

Made a couple of years after Cecil B. Demille's circus tribute movie almost epic "Greatest Show on Earth," this movie is a wayward daughter of that film. The great circus acts are pretty well limited to a single high diving act. It is set in Germany because a carnival can't make any money any more in the United States. The television series, "Flash Gordon" was also made in Germany in 1954, so I guess, producers heard they could get a lot for their production buck in Germany at that time.

The movie works better than it should. Being filmed in Germany, it allows Ann Baxter to show a bit more sexuality than she could have gotten away with in Hollywood under the moral code at that time. She shows a lot of leg and showers while taking a shower.

She really turns in a strong performance. The script is cliché ridden and the lines are as deep as a pulp detective novel, but she managers to really make us believe her when she strips to her underwear and tells a man that she's not afraid of anything. This is about as far from "All About Eve" or "Magnificent Ambersons" material, but she carries it off somehow, and keeps your eyes glued to the screen.

Altogether, the script is mediocre melodrama, but good direction and good acting keep it on track and make it fun. While it never reaches the grandeur of "Greatest Show on Earth" it doesn't have the dull stretches that GSOE has either.


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