|3 RING CIRCUS (director: Joseph Pevney; screenwriter: story & screenplay Don McGuire; cinematographer: Loyal Griggs; editor: Warren Low; music: Walter Sharf; cast: Jerry Lewis (Jerome "Jerry" X. Hotchkiss), Dean Martin (Pete Nelson), Joanne Dru (Jill Brent), Zsa Zsa Gabor (Saadia ), Elsa Lanchester (The Bearded Lady), Sig Ruman (Col. Schlitz), Gene Sheldon (Puffo the Wonder Clown), Wallace Ford (Sam Morley); Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Hal B. Wallis; Paramount; 1954)|
and Lewis could have used fresh material."
by Dennis Schwartz
Pevney ("Cash McCall"/"The Plunderers")
stiffly directs a film based on the uninspired story
and screenplay by Don McGuire. Martin and Lewis could
have could have used fresh material. Lewis's funniest
bit is making faces at the lions. His most sentimental
is taking over for a fired jealous clown and making a
sad crippled girl smile.
laid back Dean Martin and the bumbling Jerry Lewis are
buddies discharged from the army and join the circus
to get some traveling money. Lewis is a lion
tamer’s assistant in the hope of becoming a clown.
Martin becomes the assistant to the moody trapeze
artist Zsa Zsa Gabor, and must fight off her advances.
Joanne Dru is the circus owner's lovesick daughter,
who desires Martin. She allows Martin to run the
struggling circus in fear he would otherwise leave.
Wallace Ford is the gruff but sympathetic circus
is a typical Martin and Lewis comedy, except it seems
worse. Though small children might be attracted to the
many circus acts
REVIEWED ON 4/6/2017 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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