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Cinema Circus (1937)

Approved | | Short, Comedy, Family | 23 January 1937 (USA)
Various entertainment celebrities take part in a circus performance, along with authentic acrobats and other performers of the big top.



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Complete credited cast:
Ringmaster (archive footage)
California Collegians ...
The California Collegians (archive footage)
Marcus Show Girls ...
The Marcus Show Girls (archive footage)
The Fanchonettes ...
The Fanchonettes (archive footage)
Gay Boys ...
The Gay Boys (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gladys Ahern ...
Gladys Ahern-Dancer (archive footage)
Will Ahern ...
Will Ahern (archive footage)
Baby LeRoy (archive footage)
George Barbier (archive footage)
Rex Bell (archive footage)
Leo Carrillo (archive footage)
Keystone Kop (archive footage)
Ike (archive footage)
Alice Faye (archive footage)
James Gleason (archive footage)


Actor Lee Tracy presides as ringmaster over a show that combines the best elements of cinema with the circus, what he calls a Cinema Circus. Tracy introduces a number of professional circus acts, plus a cavalcade of movie stars who have side shows under the open air big tent. There is as much action in the audience as Tracy identifies a number of movie stars watching the proceedings incognito, having their own fun in the stands, and sometimes interacting with the circus acts. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Family


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Release Date:

23 January 1937 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A copy of this film is held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »


She Was an Acrobat's Daughter
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played and sung during the acrobat wedding
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Color's nice, girls are pretty, otherwise not much to it
31 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

This 1937 Technicolor short from MGM has many of its and other studios' stars doing small parts or acts in a circus setting. William S. Hart and Rex Bell do rope tricks, Mickey Rooney shows up in a gorilla suit, there's an annoying segment with The Ritz Brothers aping The Three Stooges (and not very well) as audience members gawk at a dozen or so leggy showgirls prancing around in a dance routine, Cliff Edwards does his "Ukelele Ike" bit in a routine with an almost unrecognizable Pert Kelton and another group of leggy showgirls dressed--skimpily, as luck would have it--as Indians, Lee Tracy is the ringmaster, and various other celebrities show up. The Technicolor is nice to look at, as are the bevy of beautiful showgirls, but overall there's not that much to it. Worth a look, though.

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