Carnival Story (1954)

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An American carnival in Germany sets the scene for sin, sex and melodrama.

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  • Anne Baxter in Carnival Story (1954)
  • Anne Baxter and Lyle Bettger in Carnival Story (1954)
  • Anne Baxter in Carnival Story (1954)
  • Anne Baxter and Lyle Bettger in Carnival Story (1954)
  • Anne Baxter, Lyle Bettger, and Steve Cochran in Carnival Story (1954)
  • Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran in Carnival Story (1954)

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7 November 2008 | wilvram
| Modestly-made melodrama is consistently entertaining
A movie equivalent of one of those 1950s gaudy crime paperbacks, this low budget effort starts down a familiar path but is still able to provide its share of suspense and surprises.

The lovely Anne Baxter, though a long way from ALL ABOUT EVE is an attractive heroine albeit with an accent that has a tendency to disappear at times. She obtains work in the carnival through Joe (Steve Cochran)whose pocket she has picked out of desperation and then becomes a partner of Lyle Bettger in a high-dive act. This is an intriguing start as Bettger often played sneering villains and Joe seems decent enough at first, though we soon learn that this is not the case. Steve Cochran was ideal in this sort of role.

There is an incredibly similar sequence featuring a high-diver who jumps into a blazing tank in a section of the British film ENCORE, released two or three years before, which may have given the makers of this film some ideas.

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