Step right this way - Circus themed films
86 8.4 7.71. He Who Gets Slapped (1924)
13 7.2 6.82. Sally of the Sawdust (1925)
Director: D.W. Griffith
Cast: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Erville Alderson
Story: Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of Judge Foster's friend, falls in love.
141 8.1 7.83. The Unknown (1927)
Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz
Story: Alonzo is disguised as an armless knife thrower and gun shooter in a circus. He is actually a burglar with his arms intact. He and his accomplice are hiding from the police, and Alonzo's disguise is perfect since it keeps from view a deformity of his left hand that would give him away as the burglar.
8 0 6.54. 4 Devils (1928)
Director: F.W. Murnau
Cast: Anders Randolf, Barry Norton, Charles Morton, Janet Gaynor
Story: Four orphaned daredevil trapeze artists are protected by a clown in a travelling circus. One girl, Aimee, loves one of the boys, Fritz, but Fritz' head is turned by a glamorous woman, who throws him roses and eventually seduces him into a wanton life.
346 8.1 85. The Circus (1928)
Director: Charles Chaplin
Cast: Charles Chaplin, Al Ernest Garcia, Merna Kennedy, Harry Crocker
Story: The Tramp character finds himself at a circus where he gets chased around by the police who think he is a pickpocket. Running into the bigtop, he is an accidental sensation with his hilarious efforts to elude the police. The ringmaster/owner immediately hires him.
41 8.7 7.56. Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)
722 8 7.97. Freaks (1932)
56 6.8 6.88. At the Circus (1939)
2226 6.8 7.39. Dumbo (1941)
7 7.3 6.310. The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
Director: Ray Enright
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Sylvia Sidney, Eddie Albert, Joan Leslie
Story: A lion escapes Nick Coster's carnival and is captured by grocery clerk Matt Varney whom Nick brings into the show and eventually makes chief lion tamer. When Nick finds out Matt has fallen for his convent-bred sister Mary he makes him go into the cage with the insane lion Caesar.
112 6.6 6.711. The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
105 7.5 7.612. Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
6 7 5.713. 3 Ring Circus (1954)
7 6.3 5.114. Ring of Fear (1954)
Directors: William A. Wellman and James Edward Grant
Cast: Clyde Beatty, Mickey Spillane, Pat O'Brien, Sean McClory
Story: Three psychiatrists find that Dublin O'Malley has homicidal tendencies, an under-diagnosis at best. O'Malley kills a guard, escapes from the mental institution, and then kills a railroad worker. Eventually he heads to the Clyde Beatty Circus.
538 8.3 8.115. La Strada (1954)
50 5.7 6.716. Trapeze (1956)
Director: Carol Reed
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado
Story: Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist - and the only to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to covince Mike to teach him the 'triple'. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act.
14 6.7 617. Circus of Horrors (1960)
Director: Sidney Hayers
Cast: Anton Diffring, Erika Remberg, Yvonne Monlaur, Donald Pleasence
Story: In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, deformed by bombs from the war. Later he becomes the owner of the circus, and continues transforming disfigured women into the beautiful stars of his show.
8 6 6.718. Toby Tyler (1960)
16 6.1 6.119. Jumbo (1962)
11 5.6 620. Circus World (1964)
Director: Henry Hathaway
Cast: John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale, Rita Hayworth, Lloyd Nolan
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Matt Masters takes his rambling Wild West Show to Europe. His decision is prompted by his desire to find Lili Alfredo, who disappeared fourteen years earlier following the death of her husband, The Flying Alfredo.
100 6.6 6.621. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
7 5 5.422. Firecracker (2005)
Director: Steve Balderson
Cast: Karen Black, Mike Patton, Susan Traylor, Kathleen Wilhoite
Story: A tale of murder in small-town Kansas. When Jimmy is lured away from his abusive family by a traveling sideshow carnival, he encounters Sandra, one of the main attractions. The happiness they find together causes them to confront the darkness in their lives.
434 5.5 5.923. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: John C. Reilly, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Jessica Carlson
Story: A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.
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