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According to some eyewitness reports, the feud between [[Performer~P121802~Dean Martin~deanmartin]] and [[Performer~P99633~Jerry Lewis~jerrylewis]] was at its peak during the filming of Three Ring Circus. Other observers have noted that the boys behaved with thorough professionalism throughout the shoot. Whatever the case, the film offers a comparatively relaxed Martin and Lewis, wandering through a thinnish plot with amiable finesse. The boys play a couple of ex-GIs who use their discharge money to finance a trip to Florida, where Jerry Hotchkiss ([[Performer~P162377~Lewis~lewis]]) hopes to land a job as a circus clown. Pete Nelson ([[Performer~P162792~Martin~martin]]) isn't quite as ambitious, though he decides to stick around when he meets gorgeous circus owner Jill Brent ([[Performer~P20199~Joanne Dru~joannedru]]). As the plot rolls merrily on, Pete finds himself assisting temperamental aerialist Saadia ([[Performer~P25448~Zsa Zsa Gabor~zsazsagabor]]), while Jerry does his best (which is none too good) as the assistant to lion tamer Schlitz ([[Performer~P62113~Sig Ruman~sigrumann]]). When Puffo the Clown ([[Performer~P65078~Gene Sheldon~genesheldon]]) drinks himself into oblivion, Jerry takes Puffo's place, proving his worth by getting a crippled child to laugh. The songs are mostly forgettable, with the exception of the now-standard "It's a Great, Wide, Wonderful World." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dean Martin
as Pete Nelson
Jerry Lewis
as Jerry Hotchkiss
Joanne Dru
as Jill Brent
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Saadia
Elsa Lanchester
as Bearded Lady
Sig Rumann
as Schlitz
Wallace Ford
as Sam Morley
Nick Cravat
as Timmy
Philip Van Zandt
as Johnny
Chick Chandler
as Pitchman
Douglas Fowley
as Payroll Official
Gene Sheldon
as Puffo
Ralph Peters
as Chef

Crew

Joseph Pevney
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Don McGuire
Screenwriter
Loyal Griggs
Cinematographer
Walter Scharf
Composer (Music Score)
Jay Livingston
Songwriter
Warren Low
Editor
Hal Pereira
Production Designer
Tambi Larsen
Production Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Nick Castle
Choreography
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