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The Mighty Barnum (1934)





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The colorful life of consummate showman and circus magnate P.T. Barnum is dramatized in this biopic. The film begins back when Phineas T. Barnum was but the proprietor of a New York City mercantile who increases his business by hosting a freakshow on the side.


Wallace Beery
as Phineas T. Barnum
Adolphe Menjou
as Mr. Bailey Walsh
Virginia Bruce
as Jenny Lind
Janet Beecher
as Nancy Barnum
Lucille La Verne
as Joyce Heth
George Brasno
as Gen. Tom Thumb
Olive Brasno
as Lavinia Thumb
May Boley
as Zorro, the Bearded Lady
John Hyams
as J.P. Skiff
Herman Bing
as Man with Frog
Davison Clark
as Horace Greeley
George MacQuarrie
as Daniel Webster
Tex Madsen
as Cardiff Giant
Ian Wolfe
as Swedish Consul
Sam Adams
as Collector
Sam Godfrey
as Collector
Milton Wallace
as Collector
E.H. Calvert
as House Detective
Charles Judels
as Maitre d'
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as Barnum's Butler
Christian Rub
as Ole the Masseur
Greta Meyer
as Jennie Lind's Maid
Gertrude Astor
as Woman in Museum
Maude Ogle
as Woman in Museum
Alice Lake
as Woman in Museum
Naomi Childers
as Woman in Museum
Billy McClain
as Barnum's Footman
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All Critics (2)

The picture itself is noisy but not very remarkable; a good deal of hullabaloo will probably be made about it by Gene Fowler's camp followers, lie's the scenarist.

April 20, 2020 | Full Review…

The Mighty Barnum is a series of anecdotes, more or less authentic, in the life of the American hero, well written and interestingly set forth.

September 26, 2019 | Full Review…

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