Carnival Story (1954): Kurt Neumann’s Circus Melodrama, Starring Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran

Kurt Neumann directed Carnival Story, a circus melodrama, starring Anne Baxter and Steve Cochran, and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

Produced by Frank King and Maurice King, the film was released by RKO Radio Pictures.

As was the norm in the 1930s, Neumann simultaneously directed a German-language version Rummelplatz der Liebe (1954) with Bernhard Wicki, Eva Bartok, and Curd Jürgens.

The circus-set melodrama was set in and shot in Munich and Bavaria in Agfacolor with prints by Technicolor.

Grayson’s traveling carnival comes to Munich with acts that include high-dive artist Frank Collini (Lyle Bettger) and silent strongman Groppo (Ady Berber). A local girl named Willi (Anne Baxter) picks the pocket of Joe (Steve Cochran), who works for the carny, but she ends up being offered a job.

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