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The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival (1947)

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112 min

To quote a Marine D.I. in San Diego or John Wayne in several movies, "Listen up, we ain't going to plow this ground twice." In 1947, Hal Roach made a film called "Curly", which was an expanded version of 1930's "Our Gang" short "Teacher's ...See moreTo quote a Marine D.I. in San Diego or John Wayne in several movies, "Listen up, we ain't going to plow this ground twice." In 1947, Hal Roach made a film called "Curly", which was an expanded version of 1930's "Our Gang" short "Teacher's Pet", with Frances Rafferty and Larry Olsen taking the roles played by June Marlowe and Jackie Cooper in the original short. Hal Roach also made a film called "The Fabulous Joe", basically about a drunk, a talking dog, gangsters and Marie Wilson running around in her skivvies. The two films, intended as bottom-half of a double feature, were released about two weeks apart, with "Curly" going out first. "The Fabulous Joe" came about two weeks later. At the same time, the two films were stitched together and offered, with the combined running time of 112 minutes, to exhibitors who didn't play double features. The film listed on this page, "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival", is the result. "Curly" was an attempt by Hal Roach, who no longer owned the rights to "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals") to create a version of "Our Gang" with a new set of kids, which would be known as "Curly and His Gang", and would be feature-length films in Cinecolor. "Curly" was the first one in the series and was followed in 1948 by "Who Killed "Doc" Robbin" with the same kids from "Curly" playing the same roles. Later, "Curly" and "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin" were packaged together as "The Adventures of Curly and His Gang" for theatres and later sold to televison, and there are sources who keep adding the adult cast from the "Doc Robbin" film (Don Castle, Virginia Grey, Claire DuBrey, Paul Hurst and others)incorrectly to the cast of "Curly." The fun part of "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival" is that it is comprised of two films that are about as opposite of each other as films can be. "The Fabulous Joe" is a screwball comedy filled with double entendre dialogue and scenes and as "Adult" as a film of the 40's could be and still get PCA approval. "Curly", as mentioned, is "Our Gang" updated and in color. Written by Les Adams See less
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Directors
Bernard Carr (segments: Curly) | Harve Foster (segments: Fabulous Joe)
Writers
Arnold Belgard (additional dialogue) (segments: Fabulous Joe) | Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (segments: Curly) (as Dorothy Reid) | Jack Jevne (screenplay) (segments: Fabulous Joe) | Mary McCarthy (additional dialogue) (segments: Curly) & 2 more
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Updated Aug 29, 1947

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Aug 29, 1947 (United States)

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Frances Rafferty
Schoolteacher Mildred Johnson, in 'Curly' Schoolteacher Mildred Johnson, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Larry Olsen
Curley, in 'Curly' Curley, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Eilene Janssen
Betty, in 'Curly' Betty, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Dale Belding
Speck, in 'Curly' Speck, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Peter Miles
Dud, in 'Curly' (as Gerald Perreau) Dud, in 'Curly' (as Gerald Perreau)   See fewer
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Ardda Lynwood
Ardda, in 'Curly' Ardda, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Kathleen Howard
Aunt Martha, in 'Curly' Aunt Martha, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Edna Holland
Miss Payne, in 'Curly' Miss Payne, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Rene Beard
'Dis', in 'Curly' (as Renee Beard) 'Dis', in 'Curly' (as Renee Beard)   See fewer
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Donald King
'Dat', in 'Curly' 'Dat', in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Gene Holland
Hank, in 'Curly' Hank, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Billy Gray
Sandy, in 'Curly' Sandy, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Georgie Nokes
Chuck, in 'Curly' (as George Nokes) Chuck, in 'Curly' (as George Nokes)   See fewer
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George McDonald
Bozo, in 'Curly' Bozo, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Billy Andrews
Biff, in 'Curly' Biff, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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James Menzies
Jimmie, in 'Curly' (as Jimmie Menzies) Jimmie, in 'Curly' (as Jimmie Menzies)   See fewer
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Thomas Menzies
Tommie, in 'Curly' (as Tommie Menzies) Tommie, in 'Curly' (as Tommie Menzies)   See fewer
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Helen Brown
Miss Evans, in 'Curly' Miss Evans, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Robert Bentley
Lt. Col. Martin, in 'Curly' Lt. Col. Martin, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Ferris Taylor
Justice of the Peace, in 'Curly' Justice of the Peace, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Barbara Woodell
Mrs. Benson, in 'Curly' Mrs. Benson, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Eddie Dunn
2nd Baggage Man, in 'Curly' 2nd Baggage Man, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Jim Farley
1st Baggage Man, in 'Curly' (as James Farley) 1st Baggage Man, in 'Curly' (as James Farley)   See fewer
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Guy Beach
Station Master, in 'Curly' Station Master, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Syd Saylor
Donald, in 'Fabulous Joe' / Taxi Driver, in 'Curly' Donald, in 'Fabulous Joe' / Taxi Driver, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Fred Trowbridge
Train Conductor, in 'Curly' Train Conductor, in 'Curly'   See fewer
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Walter Abel
Milo Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe' Milo Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Margot Grahame
Emily Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe' Emily Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Marie Wilson
Gorgeous' Gilmore, in 'Fabulous Joe Gorgeous' Gilmore, in 'Fabulous Joe   See fewer
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Donald Meek
Henry Cadwallader, in 'Fabulous Joe' Henry Cadwallader, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Sheldon Leonard
Louie, in 'Fabulous Joe' Louie, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Howard Petrie
George Baxter, in 'Fabulous Joe' George Baxter, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Nana Bryant
Mrs. Cornelius Belmont Sr., in 'Fabulous Joe' Mrs. Cornelius Belmont Sr., in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Clarence Kolb
Cornelius Belmont Sr., in 'Fabulous Joe' Cornelius Belmont Sr., in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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John Miles
Cornelius Belmont Jr., in 'Fabulous Joe' (as Johnny Miles) Cornelius Belmont Jr., in 'Fabulous Joe' (as Johnny Miles)   See fewer
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Barbara Bates
Debbie Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe' Debbie Terkle, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Lucien Littlefield
The Judge, in 'Fabulous Joe' The Judge, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Dorothy Christy
Grace, in 'Fabulous Joe' Grace, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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John Eldredge
Charlie, in 'Fabulous Joe' Charlie, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Al Bridge
Bartender, in 'Fabulous Joe' (as Alan Bridge) Bartender, in 'Fabulous Joe' (as Alan Bridge)   See fewer
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Charlotte Wynters
Miss Hart, in 'Fabulous Joe' Miss Hart, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Ellen Corby
Cathy, the Maid, in 'Fabulous Joe' Cathy, the Maid, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Patti Morgan
Girl Friend, in 'Fabulous Joe' Girl Friend, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Jimmie Dundee
Milk Man, in 'Fabulous Joe' Milk Man, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Tommy Noonan
Elevator Boy, in 'Fabulous Joe' (as Tommie Noonan) Elevator Boy, in 'Fabulous Joe' (as Tommie Noonan)   See fewer
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Cyril Ring
Bill, in 'Fabulous Joe' Bill, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Eddie Hall
Flyer, in 'Fabulous Joe' Flyer, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Noel Neill
Courtroom Spectator, in 'Fabulous Joe' Courtroom Spectator, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Mickey McBan
Party Guest, in 'Fabulous Joe' Party Guest, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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Bob Burns
Courtroom Spectator, in 'Fabulous Joe' Courtroom Spectator, in 'Fabulous Joe'   See fewer
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