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The owner of some circus fairground attractions buys a midget to try and improve his luck. The move is a success and the small lad starts to help run the expanding shows. Problems start when he falls for a more normal size young Hungarian singer who then joins the circus. Written by
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I enjoyed `The Woman for Joe' - ignore the bland & slightly misleading title
I found it sincere and unpretentious. The Technicolour (surprising in a
small-scale British film of the Fifties) makes its carnival setting attractive to look at though I wondered at the inclusion of acts like lion-taming and trapeze which would be more at home in a circus. By the way if, like me you've heard of a Flea Circus but wonder what is involved there is some enlightenment here. The incidental pleasures of the Cinema are many.
Several of these actors found later success on television with lead George Baker starring as Inspector Wexford in a series of TV-movies. I personally find Baker totally charisma-free. He shares a prominent beauty spot with Robert de Niro but the resemblance ends there.
Miriam Karlin went on to appear in a popular sitcom `The Rag Trade', David Kossoff was a storyteller of note on British television and Arthur Lowe from `Dad's Army' makes a brief appearance here.
But the most attractive character in `The Woman for Joe' is George, played by Jimmy Karoubi, the little person referred to as `the midge' who shows intelligence, dignity and great humanity in the face of much humiliation. Joe initially literally buys him from a fellow impresario and later pays for the services of a woman of George's stature as a birthday present! Needless to say George indignantly refuses.
The story turns out to be that old chestnut the eternal triangle with Baker's character Joe who owns the fairground and George, the little person whom he employs, both in love with attractive Diane Cilento. Though in the cinematic convention of the time not so much as a kiss passes between them and there's no hint of any thing untoward off-screen. Despite this and the fact that Diane appears more than half an hour into the running time of `The Woman for Joe' the ending is touching, the tragedy inevitable.
Don't be put off by the fact that neither Maltin's or Halliwell's movie guides mention `A Woman for Joe', they both contain many lesser films.
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