Fearless Fagan

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"As Told in LIFE Magazine and the Nation's Press"
  • G
  • 1952
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 5.9  (375)

"Fearless Fagan" is a heartwarming and charming movie released in 1952, directed by Stanley Donen. The movie stars Janet Leigh, Carleton Carpenter, and Keenan Wynn as the main characters. The story revolves around a small-town young man named Barney Kerrigan (Carleton Carpenter) who enlists in the army during World War II. Life at the army base is tough, but Barney is grateful to be stationed as a mechanic rather than being deployed overseas. However, he finds himself utterly lonely, with no friends to speak of, and spends his time daydreaming about his perfect girl.

One day, Barney's life changes when he rescues a feisty little circus lion from drowning in an irrigation ditch. He takes the lion, whom he names Fearless Fagan, back to the army base and keeps him as a pet. Barney finds in Fagan the friend he's never had before, and the two quickly become inseparable.

As Barney's superior, Sgt. Kellwin (Keenan Wynn), grows increasingly irked by Fearless Fagan's presence on the base, he orders Barney to get rid of him. Desperate to keep his beloved lion by his side, Barney turns to Pvt. Hogan (Richard Anderson), who runs away with circus shows and suggests he joins him as a lion-tamer.

Barney and Fearless Fagan then join the Hogan Circus and travel around the country, thrilling audiences with their death-defying stunts. Barney bonds with the circus performers who become his newfound family, especially his new love interest, Willa (Janet Leigh), who works as a tightrope walker. Meanwhile, Sgt. Kellwin, who's become fond of Fearless Fagan, comes to his senses and feels guilty for having forced Barney to leave the army. The Sergeant resolves to make things right.

The movie is a charming and heartwarming tale about a young man finding his place in the world with the help of an unexpected friend. The relationship between Barney and Fearless Fagan is touching, and their adventures with the circus keep the movie moving at a light, brisk pace. The supporting cast is excellent, particularly Keenan Wynn, who provides an amusing turn as Sgt. Kellwin, and Janet Leigh, who brings a delightful charm to the role of Willa.

Another highlight of the movie is the circus scenes. The stunts are impressive, and the film showcases the effort and dedication involved in producing such an awe-inspiring show. Fearless Fagan's performance, in particular, is awe-inspiring, and his training by Barney demonstrates their unique bond and mutual trust.

Fearless Fagan's production values are excellent, with pleasant, colorful cinematography that captures the beauty of the circus and the landscapes they travel through. The musical score is joyful and uplifting, serving to heighten the emotions of the story.

Ultimately, Fearless Fagan is a delightful movie that manages to be both heartwarming and thrilling. It tells a touching story about the incredible bond that can exist between humans and animals, and the importance of finding one's place in the world. Fans of classic movies and animal lovers alike will find much to enjoy in this charming gem.

Fearless Fagan is a 1952 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 18 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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    1 hr 18 min
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    5.9  (375)