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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

The BIG Spectacle! The BIG Excitement! The BIG Drama! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

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 House of Strangers (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Op. 214
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played during the opening credits
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Ho-Hum
26 December 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Boring melodrama about a family of circus performers. I only watched it for Esther Williams and I was sorely disappointed she has little to do but play the rich lady slumming with Cliff Robertson. If these were the kinds of roles she was being offered, it's no surprise Esther would retire from the screen a couple of years later. The story is uninteresting. Good son (Robertson), bad son (Robert Vaughn), hard-to-please father (Nehemiah Persoff). It's a variation on "House of Strangers" and not the least bit exciting. All in all, a mediocre film that's instantly forgettable. I can't recommend it as anything other than a sleep aid.


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