The story of the great American showman and promoter.

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Natalie Radford ...
Young Charity
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Francis Olmsted
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Greenwood
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Beach
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(General) Tom Thumb
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James Anthony Bailey
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Samuel Hurd
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Nancy (Fish)
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John Genin
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Caroline (Barnum)
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David Thompson
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Helen (Barnum)
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This series illustrates the life and career of P.T. Barnum, America's greatest showman and promoter. Starting as a young man who managed an old woman who was supposedly George Washington's nursemaid, we see his career as he finds success promoting curiosities and attractions with panache and a judicious mix of truth and creativity, whether it be promoting his museum or characters like the midget General Tom Thumb. Yet because the demands of his businesses, his family life is troubled and marred by tragedy. All the while, events lead to his greatest creation, the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Biography | Drama

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12 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Barnum Cirkusz  »

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1.33 : 1
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Barnum never himself used the phrase "there's a sucker born every minute." See more »

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Even boring in the background
22 September 2000 | by (2 hours north of Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I gave up on this after an hour. My sister tried to watch it while I worked at the computer. Although I love the circus this was a farce. It was over acted as if the actors could talk over the poorly written script. The discussions in the family felt unproductive. After a while, who cares? I wanted to see P.T. Barnum, not the Barnum family. I could see that type of conversation across the street. After a while I actually felt myself getting stressed out from the arguing.

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