This was the third picture Fonda starred in which was made from one of the Walter Edmonds stories. Edmonds loved to write about upstate New York (DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK and THE FARMER TAKES A WIFE). In this adaptation of "Red Wheels Rolling" Fonda is the gofer in a tavern when he falls for
Lamour, the curvaceous bareback rider in a traveling circus which has come to the small New York town. It's 1841 and the tacky circus is one of those tired groups that plays two or three days in each town, then moves on. Fonda is so taken by Lamour that he joins the circus as a roustabout. Also
joining the circus is gorgeous Darnell who is escaping the tiny town of Canastota to g...