After splitting with his longtime business partner, Hank Whirling is about to take his big top circus on tour. He manages to get a loan and some investment money but has to take on one of their employees, Randy Sherman, to keep an eye on the finances. Sherman immediately hires a new press agent, Helen Harrison, over Hank's objections. After a series of accidents, they soon realize that they have a saboteur in the company. With financial problems increasing, Whirling looks to take the the show to New York City before his former partner Jules Borman can get his circus there. He realizes that he'll need a lot of publicity and trapeze and high wire artist Zach Colino agrees to walk the wire across Niagara Falls. After the circus train is sabotaged - killing Zach's wife and several others - they race to Niagara Falls to complete the high wire act but Zach may not be up it. The saboteur working for Borman bides his time and is planning another death. Written by
YOU are part of THE BIGGEST SHOW IN THE WORLD! The most exciting behind-the-scenes drama of the Big Top ever told! YOU catapult through the air on a flying trapeze! YOU face the snarling fangs of the King of Beasts! YOU...walk a swaying tight-rope across thundering Niagara! YOU are a human bullet...blasted out of a mighty canon! See more »
The human cannonball is shown climbing up the cannon, kneeling at the top, then swinging around and sliding into its mouth. In the next shot, showing the net in the foreground and the cannon behind, he's seen at the top of the cannon, swinging around and sliding into its mouth a second time. See more »
A Deadly Saboteur Threatens The Biggest Show On Earth
The Big Circus is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy with creditors chasing them around the country trying to foreclose. Hank (Victor Mature) does a great job avoiding and hiding from them but unfortunately he has less luck in finding the saboteur that is destroying his show. Seeing it for the first time I was caught up in the mystery of finding the saboteur and the motives involved. Excellent circus scenes, a tightrope walk over Niagra Falls, great music, a little romance and just the right amount of comedy relief round out this picture. Strong supporting performances by Peter Lorre, Vincent Price and Gilbert Roland keep things interesting throughout. The only film I can compare this with is Circus of Horrors which also gives a good share of action and chills.
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