|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (October 2010)|
|Directed by||Kurt Neumann|
|Produced by||Frank King
|Written by||Marcy Klauber
|Music by||Willy Schmidt-Gentner|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures (US)
Distributors Corporation of America (German version Rummelplatz der Liebe)
|Release dates||April 16, 1954|
|Running time||95 minutes|
|Box office||$2 million (US)|
Sometimes this film is credited as a 3D 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 Jürgens.
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
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954', Variety Weekly, January 5, 1955
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- "Zum Greifen nah". AllBusiness.com. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- Maltin, Leonard, ed. (2007). Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide. New York: Signet. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-451-22186-5.
- Carnival Story at the Internet Movie Database
- Carnival Story is available for free download at the Internet Archive [more]
- Rummelplatz der Liebe at the Internet Movie Database
- Carnival Story at allmovie
- Carnival Story at the TCM Movie Database
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