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King of the Carnival

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King of the Carnival
King of the Carnival Poster.jpg
Directed byFranklin Adreon
Written byRonald Davidson
Produced byFranklin Adreon
StarringHarry Lauter
Fran Bennett
Keith Richards
Robert Shayne
Gregory Gay
Rick Vallin
Robert Clarke
CinematographyBud Thackery
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • June 27, 1955 (1955-06-27) (U.S.)[1]
Running time
12 chapters (167 minutes)[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$172,995 (negative cost: $177,050)[1]

King of the Carnival (1955) is a Republic movie serial that contains a substantial amount of stock footage from the earlier Republic serial Daredevils of the Red Circle. It is the 66th and final serial produced by Republic and is often considered to be among the studio's worst. The plot concerns treasury agents investigating a Cold War counterfeiting operation believed to be connected to a circus.

Plot

Treasury agents Art Kerr and Jim Haynes are investigating a global counterfeiting operation believed to be linked to the circus. Acrobat Bert King agrees to help his old friend Art search for the counterfeiters, and his acrobatic partner June Edwards assists him. They are repeatedly threatened by two thugs, Daley and Travis.

Early evidence leads Bert and June to a cave that leads to an isolated beach and contains gear belonging to the gang. They are unaware that in a minisub off the shoreline hides Zorn, the counterfeiter who is printing the phony bills. However, the evidence points to an unknown, higher authority directing the operations, and indeed someone connected with the circus. Among the circus staff who act suspiciously are a clown named Burton and three rubes.

After several false turns, ringmaster Jess Carter is exposed as the counterfeit gang leader and Zorn's handler. Carter attempts to flee from the agents, but falls from the trapeze swing and breaks his neck. With the criminals' ringleader dead, the counterfeit operation is hastily shut down by the U.S. Treasury.

Cast

Principal players

Supporting players

Small role players

Production

King of the Carnival was budgeted at $172,995 although the final negative cost was $177,050 (a $4,055, or 2.3%, overspend). It was the cheapest Republic serial of 1955.[1]

Under the working title King of the Circus (production number 1800), the production was filmed between March 8 and 25 of 1955; its 17 days of production marked the shortest duration of all Republic serials.[1]

Republic would often name its films' heroes King in order to use the title "King of..." The studio had found success with this approach following the adaptation of Zane Grey's King of the Royal Mounted.[2][3]

Though Republic serials traditionally employed many stuntmen, Tom Steele was the only stuntman required for the film.

The film's special effects were created by the team of Howard and Theodore Lydecker.

Release

Theatrical

King of the Carnival's official release date was June 27, 1955, although that is actually the date when the sixth chapter was made available to film exchanges.[1]

This was the last new serial released by Republic. However, the studio continued with a release schedule of rereleased serials until 1958, beginning with a rerelease of Dick Tracy's G-Men and ending with Zorro's Fighting Legion.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Daredevils of the Air (20:00)
  2. Death Takes the Wheel (13:20)
  3. The Trap that Failed (13:20)
  4. Operation Murder (13:20)
  5. The Mechanical Bloodhound (13:20)
  6. Undersea Peril (13:20)
  7. High Hazard (13:20)
  8. Death Alley (13:20)
  9. Cave of Doom (13:20)
  10. The Masked Executioner (13:20) (recap chapter)
  11. Undersea Warfare (13:20)
  12. Vengeance Under the Big Top (13:20)

[1][4]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Mathis, Jack (1995). Valley of the Cliffhangers Supplement. Jack Mathis Advertising. pp. 3, 10, 142–143. ISBN 0-9632878-1-8.
  2. ^ Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "11. New Masks for New Heroes "Get That Masked Trouble Maker"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 283. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  3. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2. In Search of Ammunition". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 23. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  4. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 256–257. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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