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Carnival Boat (1932)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

A straightforward, old-fashioned action-melodrama, the misleadingly titled Carnival Boat has a few exciting scenes of logging camp heroism, a train with airbrake problems, and Ginger Rogers. The latter is unusually subdued as the riverboat entertainer, but, then again, this type of robust outdoor drama was not exactly her forte and a host of less talented starlets could have played the stock role with equal effect. Comedy relief, meanwhile, is ably provided by two-reel director Harry Sweet and slapstick veteran Edgar Kennedy, who were on the RKO lot filming the popular "Mr. Average" Comedy shorts.