Circus World

Circus World

Henry Hathaway (1964)

U Certificate


Our Score
This entertaining big-top saga features John Wayne as a circus owner whose business faces an endless variety of crises when he takes his Wild West show on a tour of Europe. Begun as Circus World by director Frank Capra, the film was then entrusted to the much more suitable Henry Hathaway, who makes the lengthy tale race by in a jiffy. On the big screen the climactic fire and the capsize of the circus ship (special effects by Alex Weldon) were amazingly effective and, even if the scale is inevitably diminished on TV, the excitement and tension remain. And what other movie features Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale as mother and daughter, each one constantly trying to upstage the other?


The owner of a travelling Wild West show goes on a tour of Europe. Secretly, he hopes to track down the wife of a dead performer, who disappeared 14 years ago and whose daughter he is raising as his own, while the girl aims to follow in her father's footsteps and become a trapeze performer. Drama, starring John Wayne, Rita Hayworth, Claudia Cardinale, John Smith and Lloyd Nolan.

Cast & Crew

Matt Masters John Wayne
Lili Alfredo Rita Hayworth
Toni Alfredo Claudia Cardinale
Steve McCabe John Smith
Cap Carson Lloyd Nolan
Mrs Schuman Wanda Rotha
Giovana Katharyna
Aldo Alfredo Richard Conte
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD