Winter Carnival (film)

Winter Carnival is a 1939 comedy-drama film directed by Charles Reisner and starring Ann Sheridan, Richard Carlson and Helen Parrish. Jill Baxter returns to her college for the annual Winter Carnival and fall in love with an old boyfriend.

Winter Carnival
Directed byCharles Reisner
Produced byWalter Wanger
Written byLester Cole
Budd Schulberg
Maurice Rapf
Corey Ford
F. Scott Fitzgerald (uncredited)
StarringAnn Sheridan
Richard Carlson
Release date
CountryUnited States
Box office$474,286[1]

Budd Schulberg and F. Scott Fitzgerald, among others worked on the script, an experience that led to Schulberg's novel The Disenchanted.[2]


Publicity-loving heiress Jill Baxter (Ann Sheridan) returns to Dartmouth College for its Winter Carnival. Years earlier, she had been named Queen of the Carnival. Now, after a divorce from her exotic husband, she revisits Hanover, New Hampshire and reunites with the boyfriend Richard Carlson, now a tweedy professor, that she had dumped for the husband. They flirt and re-find love on the ski slopes and at the parties of the celebration; meanwhile, her young sister hopes to be chosen as carnival queen, Jill's own title while at college.



Winter Carnival recorded a loss of $33,696.[1]


  1. Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p439
  2. Maurice Rapf, Back Lot: Growing Up with the Movies Scarecrow Press, 1 Jan 1999 p 113 accessed 28 October 2014

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