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The Dark Tower (1943)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 18 October 1943 (UK)
A struggling circus finds salvation in the form of an exciting new twist on their high-wire act.

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Anne Crawford ...
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Willie Wainwright
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Jim Towers (as Bill Hartnell)
Josephine Wilson ...
Dora Shogun
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Eve Wainwright (as Elsie Wagstaffe)
J.H. Roberts ...
Dr. Wilson
Aubrey Mallalieu ...
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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 »

Quotes

Willie Wainwright: Ladies and gentlemen, once more we bring to your town the thrill of a lifetime. The unparalled, the inimical, unrivalled Empire Circus. Come in your thousands and enjoy this feast of equine dexterity and acrobatic marvels we shall place before your astounded gaze. Never before in the history of this town has such a gay galaxy of talent and of beauty been set before you.
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Remake of The Man with Two Faces (1934) See more »

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A Dark Horse
25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nothing else on TV so found myself watching The Dark Tower on TCM. I found myself drawn into this, despite what seems to be clichés (but really weren't when the film was made). Well worth watching.

As a Doctor Who fan from way back when, what a thrill to have the original Doctor, William Hartnell (billed as Bill Hartnell) playing Jim.

I won't recount the story, but I really liked the peripheral characters especially the "naysayer" Annie Oakley woman. Most of the circus stuff was faked but there were some real gems worth watching. There is a wonderful sequence with a "clown" tightrope walker which I defy you to find better -- I was riveted to his performance.

Put it on your list of things to watch.


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