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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

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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 Sound 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 »

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 »

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Ring Down the Curtain
Written by Willy Schmidt-Gentner, Pony Sherrell, Philip Moody
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Anne Baxter's Life Is a Carnival
24 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In Germany, beautiful homeless blonde Anne Baxter (as Willie) is taken in by scuzzy carnival worker Steve Cochran (as Joe). Ms. Baxter, with movie-star hair and make-up, is an atypical dirty waif. Mr. Cochran gets her a job serving freaky "Carnival Story" workers food and drink, after letting her wash up in his shower. "You wet all over?" Cochran asks. "All over!" Baxter replies. "I'll bet you taste clean," he says, before carrying her off screen. Conversations like this make this movie more fun that its worth.

Due to the way Baxter moves in her underwear, high-diver Lyle Bettger (as Frank) invites her to join his act. Baxter becomes a carnival star with Mr. Bettger, but remains hooked on Cochran. When tall, dark and handsome photographer George Nader (as Bill) gets in the picture, Baxter may finally have more men than she can handle. Mr. Nader was a much-noticed newcomer, with 1954 "Photoplay" and "Golden Globe" awards. Watching Baxter juggle her male admirers is ludicrously silly fun from the 1950s.

***** Carnival Story (4/16/54) Kurt Neumann ~ Anne Baxter, Steve Cochran, Lyle Bettger, George Nader


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