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Man on a Tightrope
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Release Date:
29 June 1953 (West Germany) See more »
The headline-hot drama of how a whole circus escaped the hand of terror !
Czech circus owner-Clown and his entire troupe employ a daring stratagem in order to escape en masse from behind the iron curtain. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Fredric March ... Karel Cernik

Terry Moore ... Tereza Cernik

Gloria Grahame ... Zama Cernik

Cameron Mitchell ... Joe Vosdek

Adolphe Menjou ... Fesker

Robert Beatty ... Barovic

Alexander D'Arcy ... Rudolph (as Alex D'Arcy)

Richard Boone ... Krofta
Pat Henning ... Konradin

Paul Hartman ... Jaremir

John Dehner ... The Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Beauvais ... Secret Police Captain (uncredited)
Mme. Brumbach ... Mme. Cernik (uncredited)
Willy Castello ... Captain (uncredited)

Gert Fröbe ... Police Agent (uncredited)
Hansi ... Kalka (uncredited)
Philip Kenneally ... The Sergeant (uncredited)
Edelweiß Malchin ... Konradine (uncredited)

Fess Parker ... Checkpoint Soldier (uncredited)
Margarete Slezak ... Mrs. Jaromir (uncredited)
Rolf von Nauckhoff ... Police Agent (uncredited)

Dorothea Wieck ... Duchess (uncredited)

Directed by
Elia Kazan 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Neil Paterson  story "International Incident"
Robert E. Sherwood  writer

Produced by
Robert L. Jacks .... producer
Gerd Oswald .... associate producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Georg Krause 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
Art Direction by
Hans Kuhnert 
Theo Zwierski  (as Theo Zwirsky)
Costume Design by
Ursula Maes 
Makeup Department
Arthur Schramm .... makeup artist
Fritz Seyfried .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Tost .... assistant director
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Carl Becker .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
Martin Müller .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #16142) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

Hildegard Knef was supposed to play the female lead, but shortly before filming began, Elia Kazan cast Gloria Grahame instead.See more »
Continuity: When Fredric March is being interrogated, the inkwell in front of him is uncovered, when the camera switches between him & his interrogator, the inkwell's cover is on.See more »
Rudolph:[to Cernik] The curse of my life is that I'm a handsome man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Light Cavalry OvertureSee more »


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