Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding board.
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Jack Palance ...  Johnny Slate 30 episodes, 1963-1964
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Johnny Slate is the big boss who successfully keeps the circus running as it moves from town to town. He manages to deal with the unexpected frequently and uses Otto King, the accountant, as a sounding board.

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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zirkusdirektor Johnny Slate See more »

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Runtime:

(30 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The 1952 film was made by Paramount Pictures. The studio gained ownership of the TV series following its 1967 merger with the show's production company, Desilu Productions. See more »

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Referenced in The Lucy Show: Kiddie Parties, Inc. (1963) See more »

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Drama under the Big Top
9 October 2005 | by jonesy74-1See all my reviews

I like to comment on obscure or somewhat forgotten t.v. shows. This is no exception, judging by the dearth of comments on this particular show.

Jack Palance as leading man and not villain. Who'da thunk? But, he was a good one in this show. Palance plays Johnny Slate, Circus Director for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The show focused on individuals in the circus and the drama that surrounded their lives.

Slate was ever-ready to jump in and help, kibitz, guide, etc., while running the circus. I seem to remember a lot about Slate supervising putting up the tents and taking them down. Also, loading up the train and moving on to the next town.

Mostly, I remember enjoying the acts that were featured - lion-taming acts, trapeze acts, etc.

It was a good enough series but short lived. It introduced Jack Palance to t.v. audiences as a likable character - in deference to most people's recall of the actor, the evil Jack Wilson, gunslinger baddie from Shane.


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