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3 Ring Circus (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | January 1955 (USA)
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Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writer:

Don McGuire (story and screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Peter 'Pete' Nelson
Jerry Lewis ... Jerome F. 'Jerry' Hotchkiss
Joanne Dru ... Jill Brent
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Saadia
Wallace Ford ... Sam Morley
Sig Ruman ... Colonel Fritz Schlitz
Gene Sheldon ... Puffo the Wonder Clown
Nick Cravat ... Timmy
Elsa Lanchester ... The Bearded Lady
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Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for some job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.

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Tame a lion. Get shot out of a cannon. Wash an elephant. Jerrico will do anything to become a circus clown.

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Trivia

Its said that "The Day the Clown Cried (1972)" mostly got its influence from the clown scenes from this film. See more »

Quotes

Jill Brent: Well, it may take time but we'll find out what you do best.
Peter 'Pete' Nelson: I know what I do best.
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Connections

Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World
(uncredited)
Written by John Rox
Performed by Dean Martin
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The beginning of the end
12 May 2002 | by lzf0See all my reviews

Dean and Jerry are more relaxed in this film than in previous efforts. The comedy is also milder. It is also the first time Jerry indulges in his sentimental clown shtick. Hello, telethon Jerry! Dean has absolutely nothing to do in the film. He plays his usual heel character, but there is absolutely no depth to it. And where are the musical numbers? Only the woefully unfunny "That's My Boy" has less in the way of music! Dean and Jerry get to do one new number, "Puncinello", and Dean sings the standard "It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World" to a bunch of animals! (Hugh Shannon, the wonderful jazz singer-pianist who is most identified with this song, must have had a good laugh from Dean's version.) Dean has no ballads and hardly any screen time with his leading lady, Joanne Dru. It's all about Jerry, not silly, lovable Jerry, but a telethon Jerry, trying to become a clown. Actually, the film is quite amusing and heartwarming, but it's not Martin and Lewis. I do not know if Twenty-first Century youngsters would find this amusing, but I did when I was a kid. It is more endearing than "That's My Boy" and most of the solo Lewis films. It may be a bit slow for today's kids.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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