Circus World

Circus World

John Wayne
Director: Henry Hathaway Cast: John Wayne
John Wayne
, Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale
, Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
Henry Hathaway


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Filmed in Cinerama and Technicolor, Circus World may have drawn the crowds for various reasons -- not the least, perhaps, for the big names. John Wayne stars as circus owner Matt Masters, who takes his show to Europe hoping to save it from financial ruin. Accompanying Matt, is young Toni (Claudia Cardinale), whom Matt had raised since her aerialist mother Lili (Rita Hayworth) left them years before. Just before he departs from New York, Matt is reminded that Lili may be somewhere in Germany. Upon their arrival in Europe, much of the equipment is lost when their ship sinks in a Spanish port. Matt doesn't let that get the best of them, and he is soon up and running with the show, becoming a hit throughout Europe. Against Matt's wishes, Toni trains to become an aerialist like her mother. A quiet figure in the shadows proudly watches Toni rehearse her daring routines. The writing team of Ben Hecht, James Edward Grant and Julian Halevy adapted their screenplay from a story by Philip Yordan and Nicholas Ray. Though this was not a gunslinger role for Wayne, Matt Masters was not a far stretch. This could have been due to the fact that Wayne had previously worked on several projects with director Henry Hathaway and writers Hecht and Grant -- and the part was altered to suit him.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
UPC: 4897007038183
Original Release: 1964
Source: Edge J26181
Region Code: 0
Sales rank: 1,332

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Matt Masters
Claudia Cardinale Toni Alfredo
Rita Hayworth Lilli Alfredo
Lloyd Nolan Cap Carson
Richard Conte Aldo Alfredo
John Smith Steve McCabe
Henri Dantes Emile Schuman
Wanda Rotha Mrs. Schuman
Katharyna Giovanna
Kay Walsh Flo Hunt
Margaret MacGrath Anna Hunt
Katherine Ellison Molly
Miles Malleson Billy Hennigan
Katherine Kath Hilda
Moustache Bartender
Bob Cunningham Actor
George Tyne Madrid bartender

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Samuel Bronston Producer
John De Cuir Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
John F. de Cuir Art Director
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Julian Halevy Screenwriter
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Renie Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Renoir Cinematographer
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Ned Washington Songwriter
Michael Waszynski Executive Producer
Alex C. Weldon Special Effects

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