Texas Carnival (1951)

CHARLES WALTERS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1951.  .  Story by , , Screenplay by Dorothy Kingsley.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by .  

Minor  film hardly gets her into the pool in its zippy 77 minute running time. She and  play circus performers who are struggling to get by. After he makes friends with a drunken Texas millionaire (), Skelton takes Williams to a hotel that Wynn is staying at and, in the baron’s absence, is mistaken for the man he is looking for. Now, he is making friends under an assumed name and courting adorable  while Williams is being romanced by Wynn’s right-hand man . The plot is a very simple distraction, and it’s a shame that there is only one underwater sequence (and a dream sequence at that!), but all the actors are game and perform the forgettable musical numbers with gusto. Miller’s “It’s Dynamite” number is the film’s only highlight.

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