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Texas Carnival (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 5 October 1951 (USA)
A showmen team is mistaken for a cattle baron and his sister.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Dorothy Kingsley (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther Williams ... Debbie Telford
Red Skelton ... Cornie Quinell
Howard Keel ... Slim Shelby
Ann Miller ... Sunshine Jackson
Paula Raymond ... Marilla Sabinas
Keenan Wynn ... Dan Sabinas
Tom Tully ... Sheriff Jackson
Glenn Strange ... Tex Hodgkins
Dick Wessel ... Concessionaire #1
Donald MacBride ... Concessionaire #2
Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood ... Mrs. Gaytes
Hans Conried ... Hotel Clerk
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Gaytes
Duke Johnson Duke Johnson ... Juggler
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Bellboy
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Storyline

An guy and a girl who are working in a carnival's dunk tank. When inebriated Texan comes to the booth he and the guy starts drinking. Eventually the Texan invites him to a function. When they get there he's mistaken for the Texan and she for the man's sister. Eventually he lost a wager and doesn't know how he's going to pay it. And the girl finds herself attracted to the Texan's foreman. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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FOR THE MILLIONS WHO LOVED "THE GREAT CARUSO" AND "SHOW BOAT" ANOTHER BIG MGM MUSICAL! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Karneval in Texas See more »

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Budget:

$1,684,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time "Texas Carnival" was filmed, Red Norvo's trio included an African-American musician, bassist Charles Mingus, and when they recorded their number for this film (backing Ann Miller on "It's Dynamite") Mingus played on the soundtrack. But when the number was filmed MGM executives insisted that a white bassist substitute for Mingus on screen. See more »

Goofs

When Cornie gets back onto the chuck wagon from Debbie's horse, the reins are taut, showing that the horses are being controlled by a hidden driver. See more »


Soundtracks

It's Dynamite
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung and Danced by Ann Miller
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Watch it as a Red Skelton film

If you want to see a direct descendant of the Buster Keaton line of comedy, this is surely the movie. Skelton's funny physical antics while trying to retrieve a dollar from the floor or getting drunk with Keenan Wynne are topped by a chuckwagon race finale that deftly combines comedy and dangerous stunts.

In the supporting cast you've got Ann Miller's legs. I esp enjoyed seeing her tap her dancers' bongos. Ahem.

Esther Williams and Howard Keel are also in this movie, I assume, because Hollywood producers needed their names on the marquee to sell tickets. Fair enough. But they're mostly wasted. That ''underwater dream sequence" is goofy. And their romance is perfunctory.

A reference to a wrecked car (with no preceding scene with Skelton presumably wrecking the car, probably with Miller on board), a reference by Williams to a dinner speech she didn't actually give, and a romance between Skelton and Miller that had no beginning (I don't count her dance number by the piano) leaves me to conclude that 15 minutes or so got hacked out of this movie after preview audiences full of dummies said, ''it dragged in parts" and ''the car wreck scene wasn't funny" or ''that speech was boring."

Nevertheless, as long as you're not expecting to see Esther Williams floating around in a pool for 90 minutes (thankfully that only lasts about 90 seconds here) this is a decent way to kill just over an hour.


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