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The Big Show (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 14 July 1961 (West Germany)
The owner of a German traveling circus is power-mad and exploits everyone in his path, including his family.

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James B. Clark

Writer:

Ted Sherdeman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther Williams ... Hillary Allen
Cliff Robertson ... Josef Everard
Nehemiah Persoff ... Bruno Everard
Robert Vaughn ... Klaus Everard
Margia Dean ... Carlotta Martinez
David Nelson ... Eric Solden
Carol Christensen Carol Christensen ... Garda Everard
Kurt Pecher Kurt Pecher ... Hans Everard
Renate Mannhardt ... Teresa Vizzini
Franco Andrei ... Fredrik Everard
Peter Capell ... Pietro Vizzini
Stefan Schnabel ... Lawyer
Carleton Young ... Judge Richter
Philo Hauser Philo Hauser ... Ringmaster
Mariza Tomic Mariza Tomic ... Fraustein
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The owner of a German traveling circus is power-mad and exploits everyone in his path, including his family.

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Out front the dazzling drama of nerve-tingling feats! Backstage the even bigger drama of their ruthless passions! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Die große Attraktion See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Esther Williams' last Hollywood movie role.. She made one final movie, Magic Fountain (1963), a Spanish film, with future husband Fernando Lamas. See more »

Connections

Version of Broken Lance (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played during the opening credits
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Big Top excitement takes a backseat to family melodramatics...
1 August 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Reworking of "House of Strangers" has Nehemiah Persoff in the Edward G. Robinson role of a widower patriarch, this time a demanding, domineering circus owner who keeps his sons and one daughter tightly under this thumb. Cliff Robertson, who keeps calling Persoff "Pup-puh", takes the rap for Dad once a tragedy strikes; shady sibling Robert Vaughn assumes control of the business after Robertson is sent to prison (what Vaughn plans to do with the circus isn't really clear, except that is sounds like a sell-out). Two sideline romances are much more interesting than the family conflicts, and Persoff is grueling and merciless while criticizing his children (this Daddy Dearest is hardly a sympathetic character, though I'm pretty sure we're meant to feel something for him in the final reel). The circus asides are given surprisingly short shrift in favor of the melodramatics, which are both over-the-top and stilted. Good cinematography helps quite a bit, as does a fine, non-showy performance by Esther Williams as a wealthy woman in love with Robertson. ** from ****


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