3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown) (1954)

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According to some eyewitness reports, the feud between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis was at its peak during the filming of Three Ring Circus. Other observers have noted that the boys behaved with thorough professionalism throughout the shoot. Whatever the case, the film offers a comparatively relaxed Martin and Lewis, wandering through a thinnish plot with amiable finesse. The boys play a couple of ex-GIs who use their discharge money to finance a trip to Florida, where Jerry Hotchkiss (Lewis) hopes to land a job as a circus clown. Pete Nelson (Martin) isn't quite as ambitious, though he decides to stick around when he meets gorgeous circus owner Jill Brent (Joanne Dru). As the plot rolls merrily on, Pete finds himself assisting temperamental aerialist Saadia (Zsa Zsa Gabor), while Jerry does his best (which is none too good) as the assistant to lion tamer Schlitz (Sig Ruman). When Puffo the Clown (Gene Sheldon) drinks himself into oblivion, Jerry takes Puffo's place, proving his worth by getting a crippled child to laugh. The songs are mostly forgettable, with the exception of the now-standard "It's a Great, Wide, Wonderful World."
Rating:
G
Genre:
Comedy
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Paramount Pictures

Cast

Dean Martin
as Pete Nelson
Jerry Lewis
as Jerry Hotchkiss
Joanne Dru
as Jill Brent
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Saadia
Wallace Ford
as Sam Morley
Sig Rumann
as Schlitz
Nick Cravat
as Timmy
Elsa Lanchester
as Bearded Lady
Douglas Fowley
as Payroll Official
Sue Casey
as Snake Charmer
Mary L. Orosco
as Fat Lady
Chick Chandler
as Pitchman
Kathleen Freeman
as Custard-Pie Gag Victim
Robert McKibbon
as Circus Strong Man
Neil Levitt
as Circus Roustabout
Al Hill
as Circus Roustabout with Message from Sam
George E. Stone
as Little Boy's Father
Lester Dorr
as Shell-Game Victim
Donald Kerr
as Circus Cannon Operator
Jim Davies
as Spectator
Sandy Descher
as Handicapped Girl
Billy Curtis
as Circus Midget Clown
Harry Monty
as Circus Midget Clown
Milton Dickinson
as Contortionist Clown
Bobby Kay
as Circus Clown
Sonny Vallie
as Circus Clown
Robert Locke Lorraine
as Circus Clown
John Minshull
as Circus Clown
Joe Evans
as Circus Clown
George Boyce
as Circus Clown
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Critic Reviews for 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)

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Full Review… | November 15, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Martin and Lewis at their worst.

March 28, 2012
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)

Solid Family Fun. There are better Martin & Lewis flicks out there but well worth the watch - from a bygone era.

Jeremy Murphy
Jeremy Murphy

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