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Trapeze (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 30 May 1956 (USA)
A crippled circus acrobat is torn emotionally between two ambitious young trapeze artists, one a talented young American and a less-gifted but beautiful Italian.

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Complete credited cast:
... Mike Ribble
... Tino Orsini
... Lola
... Rosa O'Flynn
... Bouglione
Johnny Puleo ... Max (as John Puleo)
... John Ringling North
Gérard Landry ... Chikki (as Gerard Landry)
Jean-Pierre Kérien ... Otto (as Jean-Pierre Kerien)
... Snake Charmer
Gimma Boys ... Circus Family Children
Los Arriolas ... Specialty Act
... Stefan
Pierre Tabard ... Paul
Edward Hagopian ... 3rd partner of Lola
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Storyline

Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist - and the only the sixth to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to convince Mike to teach him the 'triple'. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act. Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)| (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bouglione was loosely based on the Cirque d'Hiver's real-life proprietor, Joseph Bouglione. See more »

Quotes

Tino Orsini: You know, I always modeled my style after yours.
Mike Ribble: You'll always be a second-rater. Make your own style!
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Referenced in Cheers: Peterson Crusoe (1984) See more »

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Blaze Away
(uncredited)
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played as Rosa begins her horse act
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10 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

There were not many films made about the circus, but this one tops them all by far. Much better than DeMille's melodramatic soap opera which won an Oscar for Demille by default.

Getting back to Trapeze, this film combines a wonderful story with beautiful acting from the stars and supporting cast, and the photography of the aerial stunts will leave you felling as though you attended the circus in person. Lancaster who at one time actually performed in a circus act, gives a towering performance and Curtis and Lollabridgida are terrific as well. This is easily the gorgeous Gina'a best dramatic role, and we see that she was a very much underrated performer in her time.

Thomas Gomez and Katy Jurado are wonderful in support as are all the lesser players. This is a look at the real circus from inside. It's about the longings about real stars and the ways they attempt to achieve and hold on to that elusive stardom.

This film does not contain a dull moment and has a fantastic climax that will keep you glued, and on the edge of your seat as if you were sitting ringside.

It is somewhat a shame that this great film is not well known at this time and of course would never be mentioned on any top 100 or even 1,000 list, but long after Casablanca and Citizen Cane have been relegated to their rightful places in history, this film and many others will be truly recognized for the masterpieces that they are.


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