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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

In August 1955 writers George Beck and Samuel Locke filed a $65,000 infringement lawsuit against Paramount and Hal B. Wallis, claiming that Wallis had hired them to write a circus story for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, entitled Big Top, which Wallis later rejected. The disposition of the suit is not known. See more »

Quotes

Peter 'Pete' Nelson: A guy could make a bundle with her.
Jerome F. 'Jerry' Hotchkiss: What do you mean?
Peter 'Pete' Nelson: Well, let's face it, kid, if you own the bat and ball, you're the captain.
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Connections

References The Wagons Roll at Night (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Big, Wide Wonderful World
(uncredited)
Written by John Rox
Performed by Dean Martin
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Reasonably entertaining but where are the laughs?
18 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This must have been a tough film for Dean Martin to make. After all, his character is a bit of a jerk and he garners so sympathy or love from the audience in this one. As for Jerry, he is an oddball in this one--not bad at all, but also not exactly funny. Instead, he's amusing and it's nice to see him take on a lot of different jobs at the circus.

When the film begins, Pete (Dean) and Jerry (Jerry) are leaving the army. They have no prospects and are mostly just concerned with getting a free meal when they wander into a circus. But Jerry would love to one day be a clown--but en route he tries his hand at lion taming, tightrope walking and even getting fired out of a giant cannon! As for the unlikable Pete, he's a schemer and loves it when the circus' resident prima donna (Zha Zha Gabor) falls for him--as he is allow to loaf about and not get fired because he's her boy- toy. Later, as Pete takes on more and more responsibilities with running the circus, he begins to act like it's his and is a pretty obnoxious guy--so much so that his pal, Jerry, becomes rather disillusioned with him. Does this sound like a comedy? No...well you get the picture. It has some sweet moments and Jerry gets to do quite a bit--but Dean is in a thankless role as the film lumbers along. Certainly not one of their better films since the chemistry that made the team enjoyable is a bit lacking.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Mono (Perspecta Sound encoding) (Western Electric Recording)

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