The Big Circus (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Big Circus (1959)





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A disaster-plagued circus struggles to survive in this exciting drama. The owner desperately needs a loan, but before he can get one, a stern banker must inspect the place. Somehow the fellow ends up as a clown and flying around on a trapeze. Disasters such as a fire, an escaped wild animal, heavy storms, and other problems keep things exciting. Though not a major hit, it was well done and represents an early effort from noted producer Irwin Allen who also wrote the screenplay.

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Rhonda Fleming
as Helen Harrison
Victor Mature
as Henry Jasper 'Hank' Whirling
Red Buttons
as Randy Sherman
Kathryn Grant
as Jeannie Whirling
Vincent Price
as Hans Hagenfeld
Gilbert Roland
as Aerialist
Peter Lorre
as Skeeter
David Nelson
as Tommy Gordon
Adele Mara
as Mama Colino
Howard McNear
as Mr. Lomax
Charles Watts
as Jonathan Nelson
Steve Allen
as Guest Star
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Critic Reviews for The Big Circus

All Critics (1)

Backstage at the circus, with colorful acts, a look at the business aspects of a circus, and a pioneering feminist heroine.

August 16, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Big Circus


Everything but the kitchen sink is thrown in to this colorful pageant about the struggle for a circus's survival . It's bright but empty however Peter Lorre playing a clown is genius casting.

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