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Berserk (1967)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 11 January 1968 (USA)
2:25 | Trailer
A scheming circus owner finds her authority challenged when the show is targeted by a vicious killer.


Jim O'Connolly


Aben Kandel (original story), Herman Cohen (original story) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Monica Rivers
Ty Hardin ... Frank Hawkins
Diana Dors ... Matilda
Michael Gough ... Albert Dorando
Judy Geeson ... Angela Rivers
Robert Hardy ... Superintendent Brooks
Geoffrey Keen ... Commissioner Dalby
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Harrison Liston
George Claydon ... Bruno Fontana
Philip Madoc ... Lazlo
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Miss Burrows
Thomas Cimarro Thomas Cimarro ... Gaspar
Peter Burton ... Gustavo
Golda Casimir Golda Casimir ... Bearded Lady
Ted Lune Ted Lune ... Skeleton Man


Monica Rivers is the owner and ringmaster of a traveling circus, and she'll stop at nothing to draw bigger audiences. When a series of mysterious murders begins to occur and some of her performers die gruesomely, her profits soar. She hires high-wire walker Frank Hawkins, impressed by the handsome and muscular young man. They begin an affair which arouses her previous lover Durando's jealousy. When Durando is found dead shortly afterward, the other performers begin to take alarm, as a mysterious killer is obviously loose in their midst. Many suspect Monica herself of the killings, especially Matilda, who has set her sights on Monica's new lover. At this point, Monica's unruly, sixteen-year-old daughter Angela is expelled from school for being incorrigible, and Monica is forced to take her into the circus, allowing her to become the partner of knife-thrower Gustavo. Meanwhile, the dead bodies continue to pile up... Written by alfiehitchie

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George Nader, rather than Ty Hardin, was reportedly the first choice to play the part of "Frank Hawkins." See more »


The murder of Dorando requires that he stand in exactly the right place at exactly the right time, something that could not possibly be planned by a murderer. See more »


Monica Rivers: We're running a circus, not a charm school.
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It Might Be Me
Written by John Scott
Arranged by John Scott
Performed by George Claydon, Golda Casimir, Ted Lune, Milton Reid
[Performed at the London party]
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Camp in the sawdust
25 August 1999 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

"We've eaten caviar, and we've eaten sawdust".

Only Joan Crawford could muster the dramatics possible to make the above line actually work, but she does it all with a totally straight face and makes this movie hysterically funny! Her scenes in lingerie with studmuffin Ty Hardin must be seen to be believed. That woman must have had an ego the size of Texas. The movie is worth seeing as a 'bad' movie that you'll enjoy.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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