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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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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

Bouglione: In my circus there is only one way... MY way.
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Referenced in Cheers: Peterson Crusoe (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E flat major
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played when Lola is trying to get Ribble to notice her
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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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