Carnival Magic Reviews
1) the totally random moment when a shirtless dwarf says "Hi, Sheriff!" It's his only line.
2) how the carny owner Stoney's mood is indicated by whether he's smoking a cigar or not (cigar = happy).
Such a strange film. TCM billed it as a movie for children, but its tone is far too downbeat for kids. And then the talk of vivisection? Oh yes, young Bobby and Sally will love that. The enormous-breasted assistant who spends the whole film spilling out of her top is another problem.
Otherwise, lead actor Don Stewart gives a surprisingly solid performance, considering what he has to work with (a terrible script and an equally terrible supporting cast). And the muttering voice of the monkey Alex is actually more "realistic" than you would expect, if you accept the premise of a chimpanzee who has barely crossed over into speech capabilities. On the other hand, the general reaction to a talking monkey (essentially "Oh, neat!") is nothing like what it should be.