Carnival Story

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Carnival Story
Carnival Story.jpg
Directed by Kurt Neumann
Produced by Frank King
Maurice King
Written by Marcy Klauber
Charles Williams
Hans Jacoby
Kurt Neumann
Dalton Trumbo (uncredited)
Michael Wilson (uncredited)
Starring Anne Baxter
Steve Cochran
Lyle Bettger
Music by Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures (US)
Distributors Corporation of America (German version Rummelplatz der Liebe)
Release dates
  • April 16, 1953 (1953-04-16) (US)[1]
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million (US)[2]

Carnival Story is a 1954 film directed by Kurt Neumann, produced by Frank King and Maurice King, starring Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Sometimes this film is credited as a 3D feature, although it wasn't filmed or exhibited in a three-dimensional process.[3] This idea in many sources may be based on a wrong note from Variety in 1953.[4] Neumann simultaneously directed a German language version Rummelplatz der Liebe (1954) with Bernhard Wicki, Eva Bartok, and Curd Jürgens.[5]

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.



  1. ^ "Carnival Story: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1954', Variety Weekly, January 5, 1955
  3. ^ "3dlist". 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Zum Greifen nah". 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  5. ^ Maltin, Leonard, ed. (2007). Leonard Maltin's 2008 Movie Guide. New York: Signet. p. 214. ISBN 978-0-451-22186-5. 

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