One of the most peculiar summer replacement shows.
This was a summer replacement show aired by NBC. Basically, Don Ameche (using his slightly sophisticated and elegant reputation) sat in the bleachers of a European circus, and occasionally added voice-over narration to some of the acts. I was too young then to know if this was videotaped in Europe and scan-converted to US standards, or whether someone had dragged US-standard video vans to Europe. However, it was held in a standing arena facility with an orchestra, and not in a tent. I didn't particularly care for the animal acts, but the European clowns were lots of fun. At least twice each summer, the circus would have the "audience participation" of someone riding a horse around a ring, and attempting to stand on the horse's back - assisted by a long rope hoist from the center of the ring. And always, one of the clowns would try the ride, and he'd be hoisted twenty feet in the air in a circular orbit. I suppose that, like many American movies made in Europe, this was a way to use "frozen assets" from the showing of NBC programs. Like most summer replacement shows this was cheap, but it was one of the few looks at European entertainment we got in the 60's.
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