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

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11 October 2012 | MartinHafer
| It could have been better....
"Carnival Story" is a film in the public domain, so it can either be downloaded for free from the link on IMDb or you get can the disc from Netflix--which is ALSO rather washed out and in need of restoration. Considering that the film is not all that good, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a cleaner copy.

This is an unusual film in that it's an American-German co-production. In fact, two different versions were filmed at the same time--one with American actors in the leads ("Carnival Story") and another with Germans ("Circus of Love"). It's about an American carnival (with circus acts as well) that has traveled to Germany. There, the show is a huge hit. Into this setting, a German lady (Anne Baxter) meets up with what SEEMS like a nice guy working with the carnival (Steve Cochran). He's really nice to her and she is smitten with him. Soon, a nice guy (Lyle Bettger--playing against type) teaches her his diving act and the two of them become a sensation. Soon, they marry but Baxter is an idiot and soon starts carrying on with Cochran behind her poor husband's back. What's going to come of this? See the film and find out for yourself.

This is a moderately diverting film. However, I think it could have been written a bit better. In particular, Baxter's character seems very inconsistent and silly---and is definitely a weak point in the film. Even if this had been better, the film screams 'mediocre' throughout and is only mildly diverting...mildly.

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