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The Clyde Beatty Circus seems jinxed, falling victim again and again to apparent accidents which are actually the acts of a murderous saboteur. Mystery writer Mickey Spillane comes on the... See more »

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Clyde Beatty
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Mickey Spillane
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Frank Wallace
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Dublin O'Malley
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Valerie St. Dennis
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Armand St. Dennis
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Pedro Gonzales (as Gonzalez-Gonzales)
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Twitchy
Jack Stang ...
Jack Stang
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Shreveport
Kathy Cline ...
Suzette St. Dennis
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Vendor (uncredited)
Booth Colman ...
Psychiatrist (uncredited)
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Bareback Riding Act (uncredited)
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Man Killed by O'Malley (uncredited)
Harry Hines ...
Roustabout (uncredited)
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Tillie / Fortune-Teller (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ...
Radio Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
Henry Rowland ...
Lunch Counter Proprietor (uncredited)
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Psychiatrist (uncredited)
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Psychiatrist (uncredited)
Karl Wallenda ...
Karl Wallenda - Trapeze Performer (uncredited)

Directed by

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James Edward Grant
William A. Wellman ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Paul Fix ... (original screenplay) and
Philip MacDonald ... (original screenplay) and
James Edward Grant ... (original screenplay)
 
Mickey Spillane ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Robert Fellows ... producer
D. Ross Lederman ... associate producer
John Wayne ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Arthur Lange
Emil Newman
Paul Dunlap ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Edwin B. DuPar

Film Editing by

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Fred MacDowell

Set Decoration by

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Victor A. Gangelin ... (as Victor Gangelin)

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Mel Dellar ... assistant director
Lee White ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Ed Borschell ... sound recordist
Francis J. Scheid ... sound mixer

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Galla Shawn ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jane Beatty ... circus wardrobe

Other crew

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Clyde Beatty ... technical advisor
Jane Beatty ... production numbers
William J. Hole Jr. ... script supervisor
Al Murphy ... production assistant

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Plot Summary

Three psychiatrists find that Dublin O'Malley has homicidal tendencies, an under-diagnosis at best. O'Malley kills a guard, escapes from the mental institution, and then kills a railroad worker. He changes clothes with the dead man and pushes the corpse in front of a train. He then heads for the Clyde Beatty Circus, having a yen for aerialist Valerie St. Dennis, now married to her partner. O'Malley is also seeking revenge against Beatty. He approaches alcoholic clown, Twitchy, and, between booze and blackmail, forces Twitchy to commit acts of sabotage against the circus. The performers think the show is jinxed, so Beatty asks crime-author Mickey Spillane to come by and see what he can do about the situation, and the show's general manager, Frank Wallace, agrees to give him full cooperation and isn't seen much anymore. Spillane brings in Jack Stang to help him. Twitchy is about to go to Beatty and tell all, but O'Malley kills him and makes it look like an accident. But the fictional Mickey Spillane is closing in, and O'Malley turns loose a man-eating tiger to create a diversion and some havoc while he escapes. O'Malley decides to hide in an empty boxcar. The curious-and-hungry tiger follows him in. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines MICKEY SPILLANE'S A MOVIE STAR NOW! BRINGING YOU EVERY BULLET-AND-BLONDE THRILL HE'S FAMOUS FOR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Man-Killer (United States)
  • Les géants du cirque (France)
  • La pista del terror (Spain)
  • Gala-Premiere (Austria)
  • Fruktans arena (Sweden)
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  • 93 min
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Trivia Originally intended to be photographed in 3-D and to be titled "Man-Killer." See more »
Goofs During the scene at the beginning of the movie, where Dublin is pleading his case before the prison board, the photograph he places in his right breast pocket changes position between camera shots. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Marty (1955). See more »

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