Carnival Story


A young girl (Anne Baxter) runs away and joins with a travelling carnival troupe in Colonia (Germany),the American-owned circus in all its beautiful sadness in the setting. She is enamored by her employer (Steve Cochran) and is hired by the ringmaster (J.C.Flippen). Later she is contracted by a sault artist (Lyle Bettger),he teaches her the leap routine and soon becomes its main attraction but he has a somersault accident. Anne Baxter as an aerial acrobat dropping to swimming pool is interested in both men. The film is a melodramatic and romantic tale with the classic triangular love story through European tour meshing the drama with events offstage. The movie is wrought with romance and glamour but is a simple and tragic story of a scheming young girl and the men of whom she takes advantage.

Carnival Story is a 1954 in film film directed by Kurt Neumann (director), produced by Frank King (producer) and Maurice King, starring Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran, and released by RKO Pictures.
Sometimes this film is credited as a 3D film feature, although it wasn't filmed or exhibited in a three-dimensional process.<></> This idea in many sources may be based on a wrong note from Variety in 1953.<></> Neumann simultaneously directed a German language version Rummelplatz der Liebe (1954) with Bernhard Wicki, Eva Bartok, and Curd J├╝rgens.<></>
The melodrama set in a circus was filmed in Munich and Bavaria. The film was shot in Agfacolor with prints by Technicolor.


Grayson's traveling carnival comes to Munich with acts that include high-dive artist Frank Collini and silent strongman Groppo. A local girl named Willi picks the pocket of Joe, who works for the carny, but she ends up being offered a job.
Joe makes romantic advances to Willi, who tries to resist him but can't. Collini asks if she would like to become a part of his act, which involves diving into a flaming tank of water from a great height. He also proposes marriage on Willi's first night as part of the show.
Magazine photographer Bill comes to take their picture as The Great Collinis' fame grows. Collini gives a beating to Joe after catching him with Willi, whereupon he plunges to his death after a rung on his high-dive ladder breaks.
Willi inherits $5,000. Joe spends the night with her, but next morning is gone, as is her money. She eventually gets Joe to confess that he sawed Collini's rung in two, deliberately causing his death. As they quarrel, strongman Groppo comes to Willi's rescue, kills Joe and is led away by the police.


  • Anne Baxter as Willi
  • Steve Cochran as Joe Hammond
  • Lyle Bettger as Frank Collini
  • George Nader as Bill Vines
  • Jay C. Flippen as Charley Grayson
  • Ady Berber as Groppo

Category:1954 films
Category:1950s drama films
Category:American films
Category:Circus films
Category:Films directed by Kurt Neumann
Category:RKO Pictures films
Category:Films set in Germany
Category:Multilingual films

Frank and Maurice King

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