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Three Ring Circus Details


According to some eyewitness reports, the feud between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis 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 (Lewis) hopes to land a job as a circus clown. Pete Nelson (Martin) isn't quite as ambitious, though he decides to stick around when he meets gorgeous circus owner Jill Brent (Joanne Dru). As the plot rolls merrily on, Pete finds himself assisting temperamental aerialist Saadia (Zsa Zsa Gabor), while Jerry does his best (which is none too good) as the assistant to lion tamer Schlitz (Sig Ruman). When Puffo the Clown (Gene Sheldon) 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


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
Wallace Ford
as Sam Morley
Sig Rumann
as Schlitz
Nick Cravat
as Timmy
George Boyce
Chick Chandler
as Pitchman
Billy Curtis
Sandy Descher
Lester Dorr
Joe Evans
Douglas Fowley
as Payroll Official
Kathleen Freeman
Al Hill
Donald Kerr
Robert McKibbon
Ralph Peters
as Chef
Gene Sheldon
as Puffo
George E. Stone
Philip Van Zandt
as Johnny
Harry Monty
Ralph Peters
as Chef
Philip Van Zandt
as Johnny
Chick Chandler
as Pitchman
Gene Sheldon
as Puffo
Douglas Fowley
as Payroll Official


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