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3 Ring Circus (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 January 1955 (Japan)
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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Joseph Pevney

Writer:

Don McGuire (story and screenplay)
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Cast

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 Gene Sheldon ... Puffo the 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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Top See more »

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Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sig Ruman (a.k.a. Col. Fritz Schlitz) already appeared in three movies with the legendary comedy trio The Marx Brothers. See more »

Quotes

Saadia: Whatever he wants, I want.
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Connections

Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Dean Martin (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World
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Written by John Rox
Performed by Dean Martin
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3 Ring Circus marked a more sentimental Martin & Lewis picture
28 August 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is another Martin & Lewis movie I watched on YouTube. Like one of their previous films-The Stooge-there's some drama mixed in with the by-now familiar comedy associated with the team especially Jerry whenever he gets excited about something. But while I thought it was a mistake in The Stooge to have Lewis seem to still act naive most of the time, here he believably becomes a bit smarter as the narrative goes on. Also, since he does calm down here, he reverts to his natural voice whenever that happens which also contributes to a more natural mix of comedy and drama. It's also refreshing to see Dean be more of a supporter for Jer instead of occasionally treating him like dirt like in The Caddy. Likewise for when that does happen, it doesn't happen for long. He has two leading ladies this time: Zsa Zsa Gabor as the egotistical trapeze artist, and Joanne Dru as the circus owner who he calls "Boss Lady". Both are adequate enough in their roles. Then there's Gene Sheldon as the alcoholic star clown who Jerry seems to idolize despite his treatment by him. It's a good enough dramatic performance for him. Like I said, there are some expected outrageously hilarious comical scenes like when Jer has to tame some lions or when he convinces The Bearded Lady (Elsa Lanchester) to let him shave her. But this was also one of the more sentimental of M & L's movies as evidenced by the finale when Lewis in his clown makeup tries to cheer up a sad little girl in the audience. So on that note, I recommend 3 Ring Circus. P.S. Watch for occasional Lewis regular Kathleen Freeman as a victim of a custard.


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