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Charming performances and some thrilling stunts highlight the 1932 melodrama Carnival Boat. Filmed on location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it stars a very young (and brunette) Ginger Rogers and William "Bill" Boyd before he found fame playing Hopalong Cassidy in the popular western film series. The plot centers on a rugged logging community operated by local boss Jim Gannon (Hobart Bosworth). When Gannon decides it is time to retire, he tries to convince his son Buck (Bill Boyd) to follow in his footsteps. Buck, however, wants to quit the business and marry carnival boat entertainer Honey (Ginger Rogers).
Carnival Boat was the third and last film Ginger Rogers made as part of an early three picture deal with RKO Path Pictures. It was also the third and final time Rogers worked under director Albert Rogell. Together they had previously made the films The Tip-Off (1931) and Suicide Fleet (1931), which also co-starred William Boyd. Rogers fans will enjoy Carnival Boat as one of her early film efforts in which she also performs one song: "How I Could Go For You".
Producer: Charles R. Rogers
Director: Albert Rogell
Screenplay: James Seymour; Marion Jackson, Don Ryan (story)
Cinematography: Ted McCord
Art Direction: Carroll Clark
Music: Arthur Lange, Harold Lewis (both uncredited)
Film Editing: John Link
Cast: Bill Boyd (Buck Gannon), Ginger Rogers (Honey), Fred Kohler (Hack Logan), Hobart Bosworth (Jim Gannon), Marie Prevost (Babe), Edgar Kennedy (Baldy), Harry Sweet (Stubby), Charles Sellon (Charley Lane), Eddie Chandler (Jordan), Walter Percival (DeLacey).
by Andrea Passafiume