Carnival Girl (November 11, 1933)
Released on November 11, 1933: A wealthy man pretends to be penniless and joins a carnival touring the country so he can search of a girl that will love him even if he is poor.
Produced by Ken Goldsmith
Directed by Howard Higgin
Written by Harold Tarshis and Wellyn Totman
The Actors: Boots Mallory (Penny Lee), Allen Vincent (Tom Warren), Donald Kerr (Dick), Rollo Lloyd (Harry the pickpocket), Jason Robards Sr. (Jim Ryan), Gertrude Astor (Zandra, fortune teller), Anita Faye (Trixie), Rich Hayes (P.T. Porky Owens), Earl McDonald (Carl), Kit Guard (Gorilla Watson), Patrick Cunning (party guest), Isabel La Mal (party guest), Charles McAvoy (detective), Rose Plumer (woman having palm read), Angelo Rossitto (dwarf), Rolfe Sedan (carnival barker)
Tom, Dick and Harry . . . honest!
During my senior year in high school I got a job at the Somerset, Pennsylvania turnpike plaza at the Howard Johnson's restaurant as the night shift cook on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm-7am. At that time of night there wasn't a manager on duty, but there was a waitress that was the 'boss' of the shift with the first name of Arbutus, and everyone called her 'Boots.' The Carnival Lady in this adventure is Penny Lee, played by actress Boots Mallory, but her real first name was Patricia . . . I'm not sure why she adopted the stage name of 'Boots.' As our show opens we join a ritzy party among the upper crust. Tom Warren, the 'Tom' in our guy carnival trio, is played by Allen Vincent, and he tells his buddy that all of his wealth is gone because of a bank embezzlement and he is left with only $67 to his name. The worst part of it is that he upper crust girlfriend has dumped him like a cold mackerel when she discovered that he is penniless. So what does Tom do? . . . he runs away to the circus and meets two other down-and-out fellows named Dick, a boxer, and Harry, a pickpocket. Together they get jobs in the circus and Tom meets gorgeous Penny, part of the Cosmopolitan Dancing Girls show. Tom falls for Penny and Penny almost falls for Tom, and it looks like they may get together for a very happy ending, but fate sticks it's fickle finger into the act and when the carnival hits Tom's home town his upper crust friends discover him and find out that his new lady is a carnival dancing girl, and Tom's buddy warns Penny to stay away from Tom because a Carnival Girl is not Tom's kind of woman, so she breaks up with Tom. Can a boy who runs away to the circus find a girl who will love him even if she thinks he is broke? . . . You bet your boots he will wind up with his true-love Carnival Girl . . . . I mean Carnival Lady! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn drizzled with warm melted butter all over it and enjoy the carnival.
Allen Vincent, Boots Mallory and Earl McDonald
Allen Vincent meets Donald Kerr at the carnival
Allen Vincent asks Rollo Lloyd about the missing watch
Anita Faye and Donald Kerr
Anita Faye and Kit Guard
Anita Faye, Rich Hayes and Donald Kerr
Anita Faye falls out of bed
Boots Mallory meets Allen Vincent
Boots Mallory and Donald Kerr
Boots Mallory and Jason Robards Sr.
Boots Mallory and Rich Hayes
Boots Mallory in her carnival dressing room
Boots Mallory and Allen Vincent on a date
Donald Kerr, Allen Vincent and Rollo Lloyd - Dick, Tom and Harry
Donald Kerr and Allen Vincent at the hamburger stand
Donald Kerr and Anita Faye about to go on stage
Donald Kerr and Rich Hayes
Earl McDonald and Allen Vincent
Earl McDonald and Allen Vincent
Isabel La Mal, Earl McDonald and Allen Vincent
Jason Robards Sr. and Rich Hayes
Jason Robards Sr.
Rich Hayes and Jason Robards Sr.
Rollo Lloyd and Allen Vincent and Donald Kerr watch the show
Rollo Lloyd as pick-pocket Harry
Rollo Lloyd in his carnival outfit
Rose Plumer and Gertrude Astor
The Cosmopoliltan Dancing Girls