The Big Circus (1959)
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as Helen Harrison
as Henry Jasper 'Hank' ...
as Randy Sherman
as Jeannie Whirling
as Hans Hagenfeld
as Tommy Gordon
as Mama Colino
as Mr. Lomax
as Jonathan Nelson
as Guest Star
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Everything but the kitchen sink is thrown in to this colorful pageant about the struggle for a circus's survival . It's bright but empty however Peter Lorre playing a clown is genius casting.
Low-budget version of DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth." Here, future Master-of-Disaster Irwin Allen stages a couple minor disasters, and has one off camera (a train wreck, like in TGSOE). Is it wrong that I wanted to see the train wreck on camera? C'mon, it's Irwin Allen, creator of "The Poseidon Adventure," etc. Oh, well!
The movie's pretty routine, routinely cast, with the exception of Red Buttons, who is very good. Lots of melodrama, but some good circus sequences. And, it's in CinemaScope, unlike TGSOE, which came out a year before the widescreen process.
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