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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Top See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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: What do you do Mr. Nelson?
Peter 'Pete' Nelson: Oh, I'm a pretty good machine gunner and I sing a little.
Jill Brent: Then you must have seen my ad for a singing machine gunner?
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Connections

Referenced in Martin and Lewis (2002) See more »

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Hey, Punchinello
by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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The clown and Mr Martin
16 March 2006 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Jerry Lewis plays Jerome F. 'Jerry' Hotchkiss and Dean Martin is Peter 'Pete' Nelson, two friends who find work at the circus.Jerry's dream is to become a master clown, which he did become in real life.Joseph Pevney's 3 Ring Circus offers something for the Martin and Lewis fans they're asking for.Jerry is as zany and funny as always and Dean is as smooth and wonderful as he ever was.There are also stars like Kathleen Freeman and Zza Zza Gabor in the movie.I saw this movie in 1998 and I would like to see it again, as I would like to see a bunch of other Jerry Lewis films.This is the day when Jerry Lewis turns 80 years old.He still hasn't fully retired.On IMDb it said he's making a cameo in a movie called Horrorween, which comes out next year.He also wrote a book called Dean and Me: A Love Story.You should all read it.I sure would if only I could find it from this country.This grand old man has made so many people laugh over the years that all I can say to him is thank you.Laughter is something we all need these days.


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