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Circus World (1964)

 -  Drama | Western  -  25 June 1964 (USA)
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In the early years of the 20th century, Matt Masters takes his rambling Wild West Show to Europe. His decision is prompted by his desire to find Lili Alfredo, who disappeared fourteen years... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Toni Alfredo
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Lili Alfredo
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Cap Carson
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Aldo Alfredo
John Smith ...
Steve McCabe
Katharyna ...
Giovana
Katherine Kath ...
Hilda
Wanda Rotha ...
Mrs. Schuman
Margaret MacGrath ...
Anna (as Maggie Macgrath)
Miles Malleson ...
Billy Hennigan
José María Caffarel ...
Barcelona's Mayor (as Jose Maria Cafarell)
Kay Walsh ...
Flo Hunt
Francois Calepides ...
Ringmaster (as François Calepides)
Robert Cunningham ...
Ringmaster
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Storyline

In the early years of the 20th century, Matt Masters takes his rambling Wild West Show to Europe. His decision is prompted by his desire to find Lili Alfredo, who disappeared fourteen years earlier following the death of her husband, The Flying Alfredo. At the time it was believed that Alfredo dove to his death deliberately when he realized his wife loved Matt and not him. Toni, a beautiful trapeze performer, raised by Matt is actually Lili's daughter, and she is in love with Steve McCabe, one of the stars on Matt's show. Doing their first show in Barcelona, aboard a ship, the ship keels over and Matt loses his show. Now broke, he leaves for Paris with Toni, Steve and his long-time friend, Cap Carson, to seek a job with Colonel Purdy's Wild West Show. But a year later, Matt has rebuilt his own show. First to be signed is a remarkable 12-year-old wire-walker named Giovana, and her guardian, Tojo the Clown, whose real named is Aldo Alfredo, formerly of the Flying Alfredos. Continuing ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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25 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samuel Bronston's Circus World  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

While filming a scene where the main tent catches fire, 'John Wayne' was almost killed when the set collapsed. As he was "fighting" the fire, Wayne was to be cued by the assistant director when to leave before the set was to collapse in flames. Either Wayne didn't hear the cue, or the a.d. mistimed it (it was never determined which), but the flaming set began to collapse before Wayne got out. He escaped with just a few seconds to spare before the entire set would have fallen down on top of him. See more »

Goofs

While the film is taking place in 1901, there are several mistakes with the European flags. One example is the Finnish flag that is seen in the movie. Finland didn't achieved independence (and the flag) until 1918. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Dying Cowboy (Oh, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie)
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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Lions and tigers and a troubled production, oh my!
10 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Worth seeing for the odd pairing of John Wayne and Rita Hayworth. They actually interact well but Rita's part is minor considering her star status, by this point she was beginning to really suffer with memory loss and her scenes were a trial to complete, and the story is weak. Claudia is lovely but totally unbelievable as Duke's daughter speaking with her natural Italian accent while supposedly being raised by him, he of course talks like John Wayne. Not a terrible film but diffuse and without a strong point of view, that may be because the production was fraught with issues, begun by Frank Capra and finished by Henry Hathaway there was no clear vision to the shape what the film was supposed to offer.


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