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Trapeze (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 30 May 1956 (USA)
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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Lola
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Rosa
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Bouglione
Johnny Puleo ...
Max (dwarf) (as John Puleo)
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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 the sixth to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to convince 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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Release Date:

30 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trapez  »

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Budget:

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A July 1957 Variety item noted that screenwriter Daniel Fuchs filed suit for $250,000 and one-sixth of the profits of Trapeze, charging infringement of copyright, break of implied contract and violation of a confidential relationship. Fuchs indicated he wrote a story for Collier's magazine in 1940 entitled "The Daring Young Man" and in 1946 hired Harold Hecht as his agent. Fuchs claimed that, in 1952, he gave Hecht a screenplay adaptation of the story which, by that time, was entitled "Trapeze." The suit charged that in 1955, Trapeze's writers produced and "copied in substantial part" Fuchs's original story. A May 1959 Daily Variety article noted that an out-of-court settlement, "believed to be one of the largest of its kind in motion picture history," ended the two-year litigation. Although none of the parties disclosed the amount of the settlement, one contemporary source estimated it to be about $50,000. See more »

Quotes

Mike Ribble: You'll never throw a triple! You know why? 'Cause ya' drink too much!
[grabs Tino's beer and drinks it]
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Soundtracks

Entry of the Gladiators
(uncredited)
Written by Julius Fucík
Played at the end of the picture
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Lancaster,Curtis and Lollobrigida fly high under the big top.
4 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Lancaster,Curtis and Lollobrigida as a trio of trapeze flyers.Young Curtis wants to learn the famous triple somersault from old vet Lancaster,who's crippled from a fatal fall.In comes Lollobrigida making trouble for the two flyers both on the ground and in the air.

One of the most enjoyable films about life under the big top.The trio of stars deliver sock performances worthy of their star status.Carol Reed's direction of the triple somersault is breathtakingly staged.Don't miss this one.


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