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Added by Log Lady on 3 Jun 2010 08:21
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Step right this way - Circus themed films

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People who added this item 135 Average listal rating (59 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 7.8

Director: Victor Sjöström
Cast: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, Ruth King

Story: An inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns.
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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.
People who added this item 203 Average listal rating (109 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
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.
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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 4 IMDB Rating 7
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.
People who added this item 469 Average listal rating (310 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.2
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.
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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (30 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 7.6

Director: Herbert Brenon
Cast: Lon Chaney, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young, Cissy Fitzgerald

Story: A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals.
People who added this item 1019 Average listal rating (594 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Freaks (1932)

Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Story: A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
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People who added this item 77 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
At the Circus (1939)

Director: Edward Buzzell
Cast: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, Kenny Baker

Story: The Marx Brothers try to help the owner of a circus recover some stolen funds before he finds himself out of a job.
People who added this item 2882 Average listal rating (1793 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Dumbo (1941)

Directors: Ben Sharpsteen and Bill Roberts
Cast: (voices) James Baskett, Herman Bing, Billy Bletcher, Edward Brophy

Story: Ridiculed because of his enormous ears, a young circus elephant is assisted by a mouse to achieve his full potential.
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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.
People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (106 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Cast: Betty Hutton, James Stewart, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour

Story: The dramatic lives of trapeze artists, a clown, and an elephant trainer against a background of circus spectacle.
People who added this item 141 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.6

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Cast: Åke Grönberg, Harriet Andersson, Hasse Ekman, Anders Ek

Story: While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6

Director: Joseph Pevney
Cast: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Joanne Dru, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Story: Jerry and Pete are two friends with no money, looking for a job. They finally find one as workers in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.
People who added this item 9 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 5.3
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.
People who added this item 730 Average listal rating (426 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8
La Strada (1954)

Director: Federico Fellini
Cast: Anthony Quinn, Giulietta Masina, Richard Basehart, Aldo Silvani

Story: A carefree girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way.
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (41 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
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.
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.2

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.
People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Toby Tyler (1960)

Director: Charles Barton
Cast: Kevin Corcoran, Henry Calvin, Gene Shledon, Bob Sweeney

Story: Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby runs away to join the circus.
People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.2
Jumbo (1962)

Director: Charles Walters
Cast: Doris Day, Stephen Boyd, Jimmy Durante, Martha Raye

Story: A debt-ridden circus is saved by a well-meaning but inept publicity man Pop Wonder.

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.
People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.8

Director: Jack Clayton
Cast: Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce, Diane Ladd, Royal Dano

Story: In a small American town, a diabolical circus and its demonic proprietor prey on the townsfolk.
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People who added this item 12 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 5.6
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.

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.

"Cotton candy! Popcorn! Snow cones! Soda pop! Hot dogs!" "Right this way, Ladies and Gentlemen, right this way! Don't be afraid to step right up!" "Get your Souvenir Programs here! Buy 'em while they last!" "Souvenirs! Balloons!" "Peanuts! Hot roasted peanuts! Get 'em right here!" "Ladies and Gentlemen, and Children of all Ages, the circus is about to begin!"
- Step Right Up: The Adventures of Circus in America

Story synopses from IMDB.

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