Carnival Rock

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  • Passed
  • 1957
  • 1 hr 15 min
  • 4.7  (205)

Carnival Rock is an American musical drama film released in 1957. Directed by Roger Corman, the movie features Susan Cabot, Brian G. Hutton, and David J. Stewart in the lead roles. The film revolves around a struggling carnival, its performers, and the challenges they face to keep the show going. The story follows Christopher (David J. Stewart), a young musician who joins a traveling carnival and falls in love with the lead dancer, Natalie (Susan Cabot). The carnival is struggling financially and is on the brink of being shut down. Christopher joins forces with the carnival owner's daughter, Molly (June Kenney), to come up with a plan to save the show.

As they work on their plan, Christopher and Natalie's relationship blossoms, but it is threatened when a wealthy businessman named Steve (Brian G. Hutton) enters the picture. Steve offers to buy the carnival from the owner and turn it into a more profitable business, but at the cost of changing its identity and getting rid of some of its performers.

The movie showcases the struggles of the carnival performers, who are passionate about their art but are constantly faced with financial hardships. It highlights the camaraderie and sense of belonging that they experience as part of the carnival community. The music in the film ranges from rock and roll to country to ballads, with performances from the likes of Bob Luman and David Houston.

The performances in the movie are impressive, particularly those by Susan Cabot and David J. Stewart. Cabot's dancing and singing are beautiful, and she exudes a sense of grace and elegance throughout the film. Stewart's portrayal of the young musician is charming and endearing, and his chemistry with Cabot is undeniable.

Brian G. Hutton delivers a solid performance as the businessman who threatens to put an end to the carnival. He exudes confidence and power, making him a formidable opponent for the struggling performers. June Kenney's role as the carnival owner's daughter is small but impactful, as she helps to bring the performers together and inspire them to fight for their show.

One of the most notable elements of Carnival Rock is its cinematography. The film was shot in black and white, which adds to the gritty and raw feeling of the carnival world. The camera work is dynamic and inventive, particularly during the musical performances, which are shot with energy and excitement.

Overall, Carnival Rock is an enjoyable film that showcases the challenges faced by a group of passionate performers. It features strong performances, catchy music, and impressive cinematography. While it may not be a masterpiece of cinema, it is a fun and entertaining movie that delivers on its promise of rock and roll and carnival antics.

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    4.7  (205)