A recent showing of Strangers on a Train (1951) on TCM got us to thinking about carnivals in movies—in particular certain rides that figured into the plot and even gave its main characters a thrill or two. From the midways of Paper Moon (1973) and Some Came Running (1958) to cheap horror flicks set in abandoned parks to the attractions in Amélie (2001) and Hairspray (1988), there was no shortage of rides from which to choose. We’ve narrowed our focus to a handful of majors films, favorite movies where fun rides add to the story.
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James Dean is killed in a car accident near Cholame, California, 1955. The star of East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956) was born in 1931 in Fairmount, Indiana, and got his first acting gig in a Coke commercial. He played small parts in Sailor Beware (1952), Fixed Bayonets! (1951) and Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952). “I think I am going to make it.” the actor said early in his career, “because, on one hand, I am like [Montgomery] Clift saying ‘Help me’ and, on the other hand, I am Brando saying, 'Screw you!'…and somewhere in between is 'James Dean.'” On September 30, 1955, Dean received a speeding ticket while driving his Porsche Spyder in San Luis Obispo County, California. A couple of hours later, near the town of Cholame, Dean collided with another vehicle and was killed instantly. He was 24 and became the only actor to receive two posthumous Academy Award nominations.