A good cast struggles with a silly, mawkish script about how the children of tyrannical circus owner Nehemiah Persoff struggle for control of the circus -- a remake of HOUSE OF STRANGERS -- and the result is boring, but some pretty shots of mountains and great animal acts -- including trained polar bears and hippopotomi -- make this worth seeing at least once.
The casting is interesting. Esther Williams is present for star power, even though, as others have noted, wet she's a star, dry she's nothing. The rest of the cast is excellent, including Robert Vaughn and Cliff Robertson before they hit it big, but they aren't given much help in direction. Still the animal acts may make this worth your time.
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