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A struggling circus finds salvation in the form of an exciting new twist on their high-wire act.

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High drama beneath the big top. Forbidden romance, rivalry, murder, betrayed friends. A retired hypnotist falls in love with a trapeze artiste whose jealous partner is the brother of the circus owner. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 24 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

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Remake of The Man with Two Faces (1934) See more »

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Superb -- and Lom is Extradordinary
30 September 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Herbert Lom plays a hypnotist in this thrilling British film noir. The young Lom seems an uneasy cross between Peter Lorre and Charles Boyer. The plot is gripping. It's familiar but beautifully executed here. As an audience of one, I was on the edge of my chair.

The entire cast is excellent. The feel of a circus is real: It reminded me from time to time of an earlier great movie about a circus: "Freaks." And even the props are good: The laughing sailor is horrifying. When the circus owner shows this device off, members of his troupe laugh. But I was horrified by the grotesque laugh and jerky moments.

The main draw is Lom's brilliant performance. He is meant to be creepy, and he is. But, often shown in close-up, he is also handsome. And that too is part of what makes the beautiful tightrope walker fall under his spell.

He is a force of evil. Yet we are not, I think, meant to despise him. He has a few lines about the unhappy childhood that made him yearn to be taken seriously.

This little known movie deserves a wide audience and great a critical acclaim


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