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King of the Carnival (1955)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 June 1955 (USA)
Treasury agents go after a ring of counterfeiters operating out of a traveling carnival.

Director:

Franklin Adreon

Writer:

Ronald Davidson
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Complete credited cast:
Harry Lauter ... Bert King
Fran Bennett ... June Edwards
Keith Richards ... Daley
Robert Shayne ... Jess Carter
Gregory Gaye ... Zorn (as Gregory Gay)
Rick Vallin ... Art Kerr
Robert Clarke ... Jim Hayes
Terry Frost ... Travis
Mauritz Hugo ... Sam [Ch.1]
Lee Roberts ... Hank
Chris Mitchell Chris Mitchell ... Bill [Ch.5]
Stuart Whitman ... Mac [Ch.1]
Tom Steele ... Matt Winston, Acrobat [Ch.7]
George DeNormand ... Garth [Ch.3]
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Treasury agents go after a ring of counterfeiters operating out of a traveling carnival.

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HIGH WIRE THRILLS !(original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Chapter Titles: 1. Daredevils of the Air 2. Death Takes the Wheel 3. The Trap That Failed See more »

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There is no purpose for the little clown with the big buttons. See more »

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Edited from Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939) See more »

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31 January 2002 | by PrincessAnankaSee all my reviews

"King of the Carnival" is the nadir of the once fabulous Republic Studio serial machine that turned out true masterpieces of action during the late 30s and early 40s. Made in l950, this ultra cheapie is a disgrace. I'm sure that the brilliant Republic serial directors like William Witney and John English were mortified to discover their studio had unleashed this incredibly bad, tawdry product onto movie screens. This story has something to do with a circus and criminals. I couldn't figure it out. One of the circus dressing rooms is set up against the corner of a sound stage with draperies to hide the wall. The draperies constantly ripple from a draft. In some of the underwater sequences, the performers pretend to be in the water by moving in s-l-o-w motion. Yet, they don't get wet. One plus: the tape box that this came in has to be one of the most beautifully created containers I've ever seen. Someone did a brilliant job designing this little work of art. Brilliant and vibrant yellows, greens and reds and blues jump off the box. I would give the tape box an A+. The serial gets an O--as in off the radar screen for lousy entertainment. Watch it out of curiosity. And then watch one of Republic's greatest serials: the l942 masterpiece, "G-Men vs. The Black Dragon" with one of the most dynamic female performances in serials: the fabulous Constance Worth. Just watch her use the machine guns, revolvers to help out her boss, rugged Rod Cameron.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of the Circus See more »

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Budget:

$177,050 (estimated)
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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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