Texas Carnival (1951)

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Musical comedy. Cornie, a showman, makes his living with a carnival dunk tank into which young woman Debbie has to fall. Takings are poor and they are both hungry. Dan Sabinas, an oil baron reputed to be the richest man in Texas, turns up very drunk at the carnival and befriends Cornie, who has helped him from being fleeced by some conmen. Through a mix-up, Cornie and Debbie end up living in Sabinas's expensive hotel, being taken for Sabinas and his sister, while Sabinas is actually out of the state. When Sabinas returns the mix-up is sorted out, but not before Cornie and Debbie have agreed to enter a chuck wagon race, in a bid to clear thousands of dollars of debts Cornie has inadvertently accrued while gambling with Sabinas's rich friends (he thought they were playing for jelly beans, unaware that each bean represented $200). Winning the race will cancel the debts. Meanwhile, Debbie is befriended by a ranch worker Slim, and Cornie is sought in marriage by the local sheriff's exuberant daughter Sunshine (who still likes him when she finds out he is not Dan Sabinas).

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