Texas Carnival

Texas Carnival

Esther Williams
Director: Charles Walters Cast: Esther Williams
Esther Williams
, Red Skelton
Red Skelton
, Howard Keel
Howard Keel
Charles Walters

DVD (Full Frame)

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MGM's new musical screen team of Esther Williams and Howard Keel were given plenty to do in the pleasant if unambitious songfest Texas Carnival. Williams plays Debbie Telford, one-half of a carnival performing team. The other half is Corny Quinnell (Red Skelton), who breaks up the act when he is mistaken for Texas millionaire Dan Sabinas (Keenan Wynn). Living high on the hog in Sabinas' absence, Corny manages to smooth the romantic path for Debbie and ranch foreman Slim Shelby (Keel), while he dallies with the luscious Sunshine Jackson (Ann Miller). Red Skelton is given more opportunity to shine than usual, especially during a riotous poker game (this scene was a particular favorite of screenwriter Dorothy Kingsley, who felt it could have been even funnier had director Charles Walters "punched it up" cinematically). Esther Williams' particular highlight is a swimming sequence in a waterless hotel room, a bit of special-effects wizardry that only the MGM tech staff could have dreamed up.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2011
UPC: 0883316336878
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 27,504

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Esther Williams Debbie Telford
Red Skelton Cornie Quinell
Howard Keel Slim Shelby
Ann Miller Sunshine Jackson
Paula Raymond Marilla Sabinas
Keenan Wynn Dan Sabinas
Tom Tully Sheriff Jackson
Glenn Strange Tex Hodgkins
Donald MacBride Concessionaire
Marjorie Wood Mrs. Gaytes
Hans Conried Hotel clerk
Thurston Hall Mr. Gaytes
Duke Johnson Juggler
Wilson Wood Bell Boy
Red Norvo Themselves
Douglas Carter Cab Driver
Jack Daley Actor
Bess Flowers Actor
Robert Fortier Actor
Earl Hodgins Doorman
Emmett Lynn Cook
Rhea Mitchell Dealer
Joe Roach Actor
Fred Santley People in Lobby
Gil Patric Assistant Clerk
Michael Dugan Card player
Dick Wessel Concessionair #1
Foy Willing Specialty
Alex Romero Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Jack Cummings Producer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
William Ferrari Art Director
Dorothy Fields Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Hermes Pan Choreography
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rose Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Swander Songwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Harry Warren Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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