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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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Complete credited cast:
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 ...
Pierre Tabard ...
Edward Hagopian ...
3rd partner of Lola


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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Release Date:

30 May 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trapez  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Was the third highest grossing film of 1956. See more »


Tino Orsini: You know, I always modeled my style after yours.
Mike Ribble: You'll always be a second-rater. Make your own style!
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Referenced in Cheers: Peterson Crusoe (1984) See more »


Entry of the Gladiators
Written by Julius Fucík
Played at the end of the picture
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I'm biased; I liked it.
11 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Actually I think Trapeze is a fairly decent depiction of a 1950s European flyer's act. And I understand that Mr. Lancaster was an acrobat whose career was ended due to injury prior to his becoming an actor. So this may have enabled him to have a good feel for his role.

But I'm also a bit biased. I've been to a couple of circuses in Paris, which seemed to mirror the film's atmosphere and I actually met the actors who starred in this film.

In 1955 I was living on an American military base near Paris where Trapeze was being filmed. The USO hosted a gathering on base and Tony Curtis and Gina Lollabrigida appeared to promote the film and sign autographs. My older sisters got their photos taken with Mr. Curtis.

So naturally, whenever I catch this film on late night cable, I see it from a nostalgic point of view.

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