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Circus World (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 25 June 1964 (USA)
When circus proprietor Matt Masters decides to take his show on a European tour, it is beset by problems, while he searches for Lili, the mother of his adopted daughter, who disappeared years before.



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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Masters
Toni Alfredo
Lili Alfredo
Cap Carson
Aldo Alfredo
Steve McCabe
Katharyna ...
Katherine Kath ...
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 Galepides)
Robert Cunningham ...


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 dived 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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Release Date:

25 June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Samuel Bronston's Circus World  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)


(Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Circus buffs will recognize the headlining routine at the film's climax as the routine Lillian Leitzel performed at one time. See more »


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 achieve independence (and the flag) until 1918. See more »


Referenced in De barro y oro (1966) See more »


Circus World
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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It's just a movie . . .
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you just enjoy an actor's gift, even a bad movie can be somewhat entertaining. I have seen many movies by John Wayne and some movies many, many times. I prefer the early westerns, war years films and even some of the appearances on The Tonight Show, Dean Martin Show and even the Roasts of the late '60's and '70's. As a matter of fact Wayne's movies dominate my collection of VHS and DVD. You a can always find bad movies in a list of an actor's work, especially when the actor has done over 150 movies in 50 years. Don't care what the policital views are. Just enjoy the film for what it is, a movie, not reality. Sit with a bowl of popcorn or gooey movie theater candy and enjoy a movie where you have to imagine rather than have thrilling stunts thrown at you every 35-45 seconds. Relax for a while.

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