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Under the Big Top (1938)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 31 August 1938 (USA)
A pretty young circus trapeze artist is pushed by her domineering aunt to be the best aerialist in the world. When she begins to fall for one of the two men in her act, her mother ... See full summary »

Director:

Karl Brown

Writers:

Marion Orth (screenplay), Llewellyn Hughes (original story) (as Lewellyn Hughes)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Sara Post
Anne Nagel ... Penny
Jack La Rue ... Ricardo Le Grande (as Jack LaRue)
Grant Richards ... Pablo Le Grande
George Cleveland ... Joe
Herbert Rawlinson ... Herman
Rolfe Sedan ... Pierre
Betty Compson ... Marie
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Juba (as Snowflake)
Harry Harvey ... McCarthy
Charlene Wyatt ... Penny as a Child
Speed Hansen Speed Hansen ... Marty
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Storyline

A pretty young circus trapeze artist is pushed by her domineering aunt to be the best aerialist in the world. When she begins to fall for one of the two men in her act, her mother determines to break up the romance. So does the other trapeze artist, who is also in love with her. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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GREATER by a thousand thrills than a ringside seat in the sawdust arena! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Circus Comes to Town See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial USA telecast Sunday 1 March 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post WWII television audiences first got a chance to see it in Los Angeles Sunday 5 June 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Sunday 3 July 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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This movie delivers 64 minutes of excellent entertainment
6 March 2006 | by mccrohanSee all my reviews

It is a Circus story and I will not summarize the plot and thus spoil your enjoyment ( I hate Spoilers). It would have been shown in the as a second feature and preceded the main feature. The director .Karl Brown started his movie career in 1914 working with the great D W Griffith. He become a superb cinematographer and his credits include many of the great films of the Silent Era. He can be seen in the TV series "Holluwood" that is devoted to the silent movie era. I was very impressed by his intelligence and generous good nature. Such men have have made the great heritage of Hollywood movies. Relax and enjoy : Under the Big Top " I only wish that today,s Hollywood would make more pleasant films like this one


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