When a woman dies in a car accident, her former husband (a traveling circus worker) learns that his wife was pregnant when she divorced him many years earlier. The now teen-aged daughter enters his life. Can they form a relationship?

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Peter 'Punch' Travers
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Jody Travers
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Lil Charny
Kathleen Widdoes ...
Margaret Howell Grant
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Dan Baxter
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Jen Kingsley
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Franz Butz / Delbert Clyde Butz
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Stilts
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Woody
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Aurora (as Cynthia Hayward)
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Takahasi
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When a woman dies in a car accident, her former husband (a traveling circus worker) learns that his wife was pregnant when she divorced him many years earlier. The now teen-aged daughter enters his life. Can they form a relationship?

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26 November 1974 (USA)  »

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O Circo dos Fantoches  »

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Circuses Not In Vogue
5 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Punch and Jody is a made for TV film that had it caught on, might have resulted in another television series for Glenn Ford. In the seventies Ford had a couple of TV series, Cade's County and The Family Holvak. Punch and Jody might have resulted in yet another. My suspicion is that the cost of filming a circus was too prohibitive.

That's a pity because Ford and Pam Griffin who played his teenage daughter had a nice easygoing chemistry. Co-starring with Ford was one of his movie leading ladies Ruth Roman, the circus boss lady owner who came across a whole lot like Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke. She and Ford also meshed well together.

This circus is not exactly Ringling Brothers. It's a small show, playing the tank towns of red state America. Ford is a jack of all trades in the show, we see him as a clown, as a fortune telling swami, even dealing with troublesome tigers. He's doing more in this show than Charlton Heston did under his slightly larger big top in The Greatest Show On Earth.

So it comes as a surprise to him to learn he has a daughter that his ex-wife never bothered to tell him about. The ex-wife has died and the young lady, a product of finishing schools is now Ford's charge. It looks like they're going to take a bit of getting used to each other.

Punch and Jody had promise as a television series, but I guess circuses were not in vogue during the seventies.


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