Circus World (1964)
Circus World Photos
as Matt Masters
as Lili Alfredo
as Toni Alfredo
as Cap Carson
as Aldo Alfredo
as Steve McCabe
as Emile Schuman
as Mrs. Schuman
as Flo Hunt
as Anna Hunt
as Billy Hennigan
as Madrid bartender
Critic Reviews for Circus World
Director Hathaway uses a pro's skill continuously to blend laughs, pathos and excitement. Good show.
Heaven help all those other people who, deep down, remain to be convinced of the irresistibility of the circus. They're in for a terrible jolt.
The ONLY John Wayne film not currently available, and well worth seeing.
This big, sprawling film, beautifully filmed in Cinerama, has Wayne as the owner/manager of a small-time circus.
John Wayne goes to the Big Top in a Samuel Bronston produced film that has the Duke's role custom-made to fit his rooting-tooting western persona.
Audience Reviews for Circus World
It's a big production of a film, but still essentially a minor soap opera with the Duke running a circus/Wild West show. Despite the name of the movie, the traditional circus acts are given nearly an incidental status (except for the clowns) whereas the Wild West portions are shown in their entirety (I wonder why?). But Rita Hayworth as a tortured runaway mom centers and steals the whole magilla, elegant and magnetic in her matronly years.
Worth seeing for the odd pairing of John Wayne and Rita Hayworth. They actually interact well but Rita's part is minor considering her star status and the story is weak. Claudia is lovely but totally unbelievable as Duke's daughter speaking with her natural Italian accent while supposedly being raise by him, he of course talks like John Wayne. Not a terrible film but diffuse and without a strong point of view, that may be because the film was begun by Frank Capra and finished by Henry Hathaway so there was no clear vision as to the shape the film was suppose to offer.
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