Circus World (1964)

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    • Circus World (1964)

      aka The Magnificent Showman



      Plot Summary
      Circus owner Matt Masters is beset by disasters as he attempts
      a European tour of his circus.
      At the same time, he is caught in an emotional bind between
      his adopted daughter and her mother.

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... Matt Masters
      Claudia Cardinale .... Toni Alfredo
      Rita Hayworth .... Lili Alfredo
      Lloyd Nolan .... Cap Carson
      Richard Conte .... Aldo Alfredo
      John Smith .... Steve McCabe
      Katharyna .... Giovana
      Katherine Kath .... Hilda
      Wanda Rotha .... Mrs. Schuman
      Margaret MacGrath .... Anna
      Miles Malleson .... Billy Hennigan
      José María Caffarel .... Barcelona´s Mayor (as Jose Maria Cafarell)
      Kay Walsh .... Flo Hunt
      Francois Calepides .... Ringmaster
      Robert Cunningham .... Ringmaster
      Hans Dantes .... Emile Schuman
      Víctor Israel
      Katherine Ellison .... Molly (uncredited)
      Moustache .... Bartender (uncredited)
      Sydna Scott .... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
      George Tyne .... Madrid bartender (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Bernard Gordon (story) front Philip Yordan and
      Nicholas Ray (story)
      Ben Hecht (screenplay) and
      Julian Zimet (screenplay) (as Julian Halevy) and
      James Edward Grant (screenplay)
      Philip Yordan (front for Bernard Gordon)

      Original Music
      Dimitri Tiomkin

      Jack Hildyard

      Bob Terhune .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
      Fred M. Waugh .... stunts (uncredited)

      While filming a scene where the main tent catches fire, 'John Wayne' was almost killed when the set collapsed. As he was "fighting" the fire, Wayne was to be cued by the assistant director when to leave before the set was to collapse in flames. Either Wayne didn't hear the cue, or the a.d. mistimed it (it was never determined which), but the flaming set began to collapse before Wayne got out. He escaped with just a few seconds to spare before the entire set would have fallen down on top of him.

      Frank Capra began this project but left due to unhappiness with the script (Capra wanted to use his own script but 'John Wayne (I)' insisted that James Edward Grant be brought to rewrite it)

      David Niven was originally cast as Cap Carson but left after one of the earlier script rewrites, complaining that it was becoming simply "a typical John Wayne film" and that his role had become smaller. Lloyd Nolan replaced him.

      John Wayne was suffering from the early stages of lung cancer during filming (although he didn't know it at the time). After the near fatal fire scene accident he started having a chronic cough and that night started spitting up spots of blood (he continued to smoke still unaware of the real cause). The intense fire stunt seemed to inflame his condition.

      Final movie written by Oscar winner Ben Hecht.

      * Anachronisms: While the film is taking place in 1901, there are several mistakes with the European flags. One example is the Finnish flag that is seen in the movie. Finland didn't achieved independence (and the flag) until 1918.

      Filming Location
      Aranjuez, Madrid, Spain
      Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
      Chinchón, Madrid, Spain
      Liceu Opera House, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain
      London, England, UK
      Madrid, Spain
      Paris, France
      Samuel Bronston Studios, Madrid, Spain
      Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
      Vicálvaro, Madrid, Spain

      Watch this Trailer

      Circus World

      Here is a link to earlier discussion:-
      Circus World
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Circus World (released as The Magnificent Showman in the United Kingdom) i
      s a 1964 drama film starring John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth.
      It was directed by Henry Hathaway and produced by Samuel Bronston,
      with a screenplay by Ben Hecht, Julian Halevy and James Edward Grant,
      from a story by Philip Yordan and Nicholas Ray.

      The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Song for Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington (lyrics),
      while Rita Hayworth was nominated for the Best Actress award.

      Well he's a good one to discuss, in my opinion, for what it's worth, not one of the better ones!
      Claudia Cardinale, was nice to look at, but she couldn't act, to save her trapeze act!!

      All in all, a pretty, unbelievable, poor film


      User Review
      5 November 2009 | by planktonrules (Bradenton, Florida)

      Apart from JET PILOT and THE CONQUERER, this is my choice for worst John Wayne film once he became a bona fide star. Sure, some of his very early B-movies were rough and silly, but considering he was young and had little star power, I wouldn't count these films. Plus, despite their shortcomings, the B-westerns were fun. CIRCUS WORLD, on the other hand just isn't any fun. Imagine, someone making a movie about circuses and there being no fun at all in the well as some of the worst writing I've seen in an A-movie...ever.

      The movie already starts out with a major handicap with the casting. While Claudia Cardinale is a lovely woman, she was 102% wrong for the film. She is supposed the to be the daughter of an American and an Italian who was raised since a very early age by John Wayne in the United States. So, why does she have this French accent?!?! She sounds NOTHING like Wayne (who raised her) or her mother (Rita Hayworth--who abandoned her) or her long-dead Italian father. What gives?!

      Apart from that, the writing was the single worst problem with the film. Much of the dialog was clichéd, unbelievable and silly. Frankly, considering the considerable clout Wayne had at the time, it's amazing he'd have allowed such a terribly written script. If you read the trivia on IMDb, director Frank Capra left over changes in the script by Wayne--perhaps it WAS a good script until he "fixed it" but we'll never know for sure. The problems extend from scene to scene, where some characters (especially the emotionally labile Miss Cardinale) jump from one emotion or motivation to another. There simply is no consistency. For example, late in the film, Cardinale goes nuts and tells Wayne and Hayworth that she hates them. Then, 30 seconds later, she is clinging to them and all is well. This is the sort of emotional "flexibility" that you'd a mental patient! Also, many times, plots are simply lost in the shuffle. For a 2-1/4 hour movie, you'd think there'd be time to work out these dangling plot elements!! For example, the identity of who painted over the posters and how the fire began all seem to be forgotten by the time the movie well as exactly who hates Wayne and Hayworth so well as why there was the affair many years ago (Wayne keeps saying that he'll have to explain it all to her...and never does). So, the writing is very broad, unbelievable and sloppy--like chunks of the film must have been missing it was that bad.

      Otherwise, I guess I should say something about what I liked. Some of the animals were cute and some of the big spectacle scenes are not completely horrible (though unnecessary). And,...well,...that's it.

      A bad film, even if John Wayne lovers would disagree. I love most of his films, but I'm calling it like I see it--a big, bloated, overblown mess. And, by the way, Wayne is completely miscast as well--what is this great western star doing running a circus that goes on tour to Europe?!?

      By the way, my wife adds that SOMEONE must have had some incriminating pictures of Wayne to get him to make this film. My guess (and she does NOT agree) is that maybe he was kissing a Communist or burning an American had to have been THAT bad to merit making this film.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Hi,
      It seems all in all, a pretty sorry effort.
      Paramount originally hired Frank Capra,
      who did nothing but argue with screenwriter,
      James Edward Grant,

      Capra argued,

      What I didn't realize,was, that when you took on Duke Wayne,, you took on a small empire, and part of that empire,  was a personal writer, by the name of JEG

      Well, briefly, Capra, liked Duke, but not JEG,
      Henry Hathaway, was brought in, to replace Capra,
      and what we got, was, a slapstick mish-mash of
      a bad script, silly dialogue, sily scenes,
      and Duke with his incredulous face look, that was
      OK, in something like NORTH TO ALASKA
      but totally out of place, in what was supposed to be
      a romantic, circus story, all about the circus world.
      The picture was a storyline full of cliches.
      Lloyd Nolan said,
      That was a terrible job

      Duke didn't enjoy the part, and as the work dragged on,
      he got more exausted.

      To sum up, you get exausted, just watching the film!
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Originally posted by ethanedwards@Dec 31 2005, 02:49 AM
      To sum up, you get exhausted, just watching the film!

      That's probably one of the closest descriptions I've read about how I felt after watching the movie. I think I read somewhere that one of the reasons that John Wayne made the movie was that it was an opportunity to bring the Wild Goose to Europe and live aboard it - but I may be getting my stories mixed up . . . you know what happens after you pass 55 :blink: . Can anyone either confirm this story or dash it on the rocks?

      Chester :newyear:
    • Hi,
      You're quite right Chester,
      he had puchased the 135-foot WILD GOOSE, the year before,
      and since the film, was being shot in Spain,
      it gave Duke the perfect excuse, to put it, to it's supreme test.
      sailing across the Atlantic!
      In September 63, he sailed down the coast of Mexico,
      mooring at Acapulco, fished and relaxed.
      Continued down the coast to Panama, then across to Bermuda.
      He didn't take his family across the Atlantic, as he considered this too
      risky, however he called them, when re reached the Azores.
      Before the film started, he toured, the Northen coast ,
      where Henry Hathaway, and friends joined him.
      Seems to me, the film, was just an hinderence or excuse!!!
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • I've never seen it but there's a rumor floating around the internet that Henry Hathaway became so angry with John Smith on this film that he ruined his career. :headbonk: Smith died an alcoholic of cirrhosis of the liver. This sounds like a proverbial cursed film if ever there was one. :uhuh:

      If anyone has further information on this I'd appreciate it. Also, what is considered Duke's worst film?
    • Originally posted by CoriSCapnSkip@Mar 10 2006, 09:04 AM
        Also, what is considered Duke's worst film?

      Hi CoriSCapnSkip,

      First of all thanks for your interest in the Reviews,
      and you need not look too far, for his worst!!!

      Here's probably the one, click below,
      although Circus World
      is not rated highly, amongst fans!

      The Conqueror
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Circus World (1964)

      According to Amazon, Circus World is available on DVD in the U.K. as part of a "Rita Hayworth - Screen Goddess" boxed set under the alternate title "The Magnificent Showman"

      Still no sign of it here in the U.S., though.

      "I am not intoxicated - yet." McLintock!

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