422S - HERE COMES THE CIRCUS
(early 1950's?; 10m)
Shown with Movie: 422-The Day The Earth Froze
Short Type: Newsreel
Plot: Watch and enjoy the large variety of circus acts!
Prod: Castle Films (307S-Alphabet Antics; 311S-Snow Thrills)
sad clown / Emmett Kelly*
lion-tamer / Clyde Beatty*
trapeze artist / Betty Rich
blind-folded horse jumper / Dorothy Herbert
horse-trainer / Adolph Del Voss?
elephant rider / Jean Allen
narrator / unknown
grandpa and kids / unknown
plus the many other circus performers
(acrobats, clowns, sideshow freaks, etc.)
Classic Line: "Everyone is headed for the Big Top to thrill to
and cheer the fun-makers, daredevils, freaks, and ferocious performing
Trivia: EMMETT KELLY (1898-1979) also appeared in a few movies:
1951's The Fat Man with Rock Hudson and Julie London; 1952's
The Greatest Show on Earth starring Betty Hutton, Charlton Heston
and Jimmy Stewart; and 1958's Wind Across the Everglades with Burl
Ives and Christopher Plummer. His son, Emmett Kelly Jr., makes a
lucrative living selling clown art sculpture depicting his father.
In 1933, lion-tamer CLYDE BEATTY (1903-1965) wrote a successful book
entitled "The Big Cage," which would be turned into a movie with the same
title with Beatty playing himself. A couple years later, he starred in
Republic's first serial, Darkest Africa a.k.a. Batmen of Africa.
Beatty would make a few more movies including: 1940's Cat College;
1949's Africa Screams starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello; 1953's
Peril of the Jungle; and 1954's Ring of Fear with Mickey
Spillane and Marian Carr.
Years after his death, the circus which bears his name (The Clyde
Beatty-Cole Circus) would have some serious problems. In 1997, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture cited the circus for failing "to meet minimum
standards for the care of animals used in exhibition," specifically for
unsafe travel trailers, failure to provide proper veterinary care, and
inadequate enclosures. Since 1983, two people have been killed and over a
dozen injured by Beatty-Cole's elephants, and the circus has been
repeatedly cited by the U.S.D.A.
Last Updated: 3/28/1999
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