Carnival (1935)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In this melodramatic comedy a carnival puppeteer must cope with the death of his wife who expired while birthing his daughter. His father-in-law, decides to sue him for custody of the little girl because he believes carnival life with a single father will be harmful to her. The puppeteer takes the baby and runs. Before he goes he bids adieu to his female assistant. Two years pass, and he finally comes back to the show. His faithful assistant welcomes him and introduces her newest friend. Unfortunately the grandfather is still trying to get custody. To keep his daughter, the puppeteer must marry. He does not think to ask the assistant, and she, who of course loves him, runs off. The puppeteer and his new friend decide to enter the girl in a baby contest. They are accused of trying to fix the results and are arrested. His assistant returns and he wakes up to the fact that the perfect mom has been there by his side all along. He asks that she take care of the daughter until he serves his six month sentence.

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carnival, custody-battle, daughter, grandfather, grief, puppet [doll], stepmother