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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great show!
Unless you possess a very large TV indeed, you will not get the full potential of this great movie. Maybe 95%! Movies are made for the cinema, not for TV and are seen at their best on movie theatre screens, or at second best on large TV screens. However this is still terrific stuff. You'll not come across a better circus film than this one. Lots of big stars, Charlton...
Published on 30 Oct 2008 by DoDo Fan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing
Good interpretation of circus life,very colourful,fabulous costumes. and circus rings very well done. Overall weak story line and poor acting. worth a watch if just needing chill out time.
Published 10 months ago by MRS J TOMLINSON


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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD for an elderly parent!!, 8 Jun 2010
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S. Nicholls (Cardiff. Wales) - See all my reviews
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I bought this DVD as a present for my father. He was a cinema projectionist early in his life and loves any old movies. I thought this was a very reasonable price - and was quick to be delivered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An old-fashioned family classic, 25 Oct 2008
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A. F. Penfold "Penny Green" (Herefordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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This was my first 'adult' family film. A doctor who has killed his wife, and is wanted by the police, takes refuge in a travelling circus. To hide his identity he dons a clown's mask - perhaps the film began my interest in the 'Clown Syndrome' concerning unhappy comedians epitomised in the Kenneth Williams diaries.
Anyway...the film follows the doctor-clown as he becomes submerged in colourful circus life. We meet the lion-tamer, outwardly brave and daring, inwardly a womanizer - another mask; a dog handler; a pair of trapeze artists whose rows and ego lead to an accident that just would not be allowed in today's litigation and health and safety culture (I'm not sure that animal travelling circuses are P.C. now either). Of course they don't need to ask, 'Is there a doctor in the house?' nor in the film's train-accident climax, but the clown's alias comes slightly unstuck in both.
Another aspect that struck me then was the sense of action and colour, the film being directed by Cecil B. de Milne. Today some of this would be generated by computers; then it was usually done on outside location, and finished in the studio. It was made for the BIG screen, and when seen on TV something is lost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars john, 2 May 2013
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another film not seen in a while a circus film with rivalry in the ranks very predicable andnow dated, but ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars greatest show on earth, 2 May 2010
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Mr. Neil Preston "pero" (england) - See all my reviews
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ive been looking for this film on dvd for a long time i searched everywhere eventually had a look on amazon and there it was so pleased with AMAZON i cannot give them enough praise all my family are now with amazon this film is well worth a watch if you like disaster movies THANK YOU AMAZON
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lavish helping of corn and ham, 14 Nov 2009
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Probably the slowest show on earth, and certainly the corniest, this is little more than an extended (150 minutes) trailer for the B&B circus itself. The plot, such as it is, gets sandwiched between interminable circus parades, high-wire acts and desperately unfunny clown routines. The dialogue is a hoot (with a lot of annoying wordplay on 'stardust' and 'sawdust'), Heston is carved from wood and Hutton mugs furiously, and even dependable Jimmy Stewart (barely recogniseable in whiteface throughout) and sultry Gloria Grahame can only struggle with a lamentable script.

So, fast forward through the tedious processions of carriages and costumes, and savour instead the few tasty morsels amongst the whopping slices of ham, including: Betty Hutton's acrobatics (which she performed herself); Cornel Wilde's sweaty torso; some surprisingly near-the-knuckle double-entendres involving wet hair, men's pipes and blood transfusions; and the climatic train wreck. Watch out for Hope and Crosby amongst the adoring crowd, and prepare to be gobsmacked at the sheer number of elephants trooping through the Big Top.

It's difficult to believe this won an Oscar for Best Picture in 1952, beating High Noon. And what I want to know is, who rounded-up all the runaway tigers and what did the boy say to his parents when he brought home Button's puppy?
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