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Under the Big Top (1938)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 31 August 1938 (USA)
A pretty young circus trapeze artist is pushed by her domineering aunt to be the best aerialist in the world. When she begins to fall for one of the two men in her act, her mother ... See full summary »

Director:

Karl Brown

Writers:

Marion Orth (screenplay), Llewellyn Hughes (original story) (as Lewellyn Hughes)
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Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Sara Post
Anne Nagel ... Penny
Jack La Rue ... Ricardo Le Grande (as Jack LaRue)
Grant Richards ... Pablo Le Grande
George Cleveland ... Joe
Herbert Rawlinson ... Herman
Rolfe Sedan ... Pierre
Betty Compson ... Marie
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Juba (as Snowflake)
Harry Harvey ... McCarthy
Charlene Wyatt ... Penny as a Child
Aleth Hansen Aleth Hansen ... Marty (as Speed Hansen)
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A pretty young circus trapeze artist is pushed by her domineering aunt to be the best aerialist in the world. When she begins to fall for one of the two men in her act, her mother determines to break up the romance. So does the other trapeze artist, who is also in love with her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Tense drama on the trapeze 100 ft. above the sawdust... and only a split second to make a decision that meant death! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

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This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 1 March 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television audiences first got a chance to see it in Los Angeles Sunday 5 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 3 July 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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An Excellent Circus Movie
25 February 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Marjorie Main owns a nearly broke circus, a legacy of her husband that she's determined to keep going. When her newly orphaned niece burns down the place -- by accident -- Miss Main is ready to get her a beating...until she realizes that the insurance will allow her a second chance at the big time. By the time the niece has grown in Ann Nagel, the circus is a success, in no small part due to the fact that Miss Nagel does her trapeze act without a net and blindfolded. Miss Main guards her like a vicious hawk, and doesn't take kindly to Miss Nagel falling in love with her fellow trapeze artist, Grant Withers.

This Monogram picture was directed by Karl Brown, and as an old cameraman himself, he knew all the tricks of how to switch in a stunt performer for the actor without it showing; the trapeze work looks like the performers are doing some very dangerous stunts, and Miss Main has a good role.... and so does Miss Nagel. For Monogram it's a lavish production, and there's little that is wrong with it, that a few more minutes for better character exposition would have taken care of. Since the copy I saw ran six minutes less than the listed time, I like to think that it used that time well. Even without it, it's a very good movie.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Circus Comes to Town See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic)

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1.37 : 1
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