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Trapeze (1956)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  30 May 1956 (USA)
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A crippled circus acrobat is torn emotionally between two ambitious young trapeze artists, one a talented young American and a less-gifted but beautiful Italian.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mike Ribble
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Tino Orsini
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Lola
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Rosa
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Bouglione
Johnny Puleo ...
Max (dwarf) (as John Puleo)
Minor Watson ...
John Ringling North
Gérard Landry ...
Chikki (as Gerard Landry)
Jean-Pierre Kérien ...
Otto (as Jean-Pierre Kerien)
Sidney James ...
Snake Charmer
Gimma Boys ...
Circus family children
Los Arriolas ...
Specialty Act
Gamil Ratib ...
Stefan
Pierre Tabard ...
Paul
Edward Hagopian ...
3rd partner of Lola
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Storyline

Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist - and the only to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to covince Mike to teach him the 'triple'. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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High...High...High...Above Them All! - in excitement! - in spectacle! - in fire, flesh and fury! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

30 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trapez  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

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Trivia

Burt Lancaster performed all of the trapeze stunts himself, having worked in a circus before entering films, all except for one. He insisted on doing the climactic triple somersault, but technical adviser Eddie Ward initially was hesitant on Lancaster performing the stunt, so Ward doubled for Lancaster during the first weeks of shooting. Director Carol Reed eventually hired Lancaster's longtime friend, stuntman Nick Cravat to perform the stunt. See more »

Quotes

Mike Ribble: Why do you think I always want a two-act? One swings, and the other catches, and nobody comes between them!
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Bravo Lancaster!
31 July 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

What can we say about the big guy? He did his own stunts and this little film with Tony "Yonder's m'fadda's castle" Curtis [né Schwartz] and the lovely Ms. Lollobrigida, along with vet character actor Tom Gomez, delivers. Lots of fun. Lots of stunts. A reminder of a long gone era when movies had something to say. I remember seeing this one in San Francisco when it first aired. My date that evening was beautiful El Salvadorian who looked (nearly) as gorgeous as Gina. But, the film was so good, I stayed on my best behavior, much to her (and my) surprise. Ah, those were the days and this was a fun film to watch. The scene where Curtis and Lancaster walk home on their hands alone was worth the price of admission-- for both of us.


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