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Filmed in Cinerama and Technicolor, may have drawn the crowds for various reasons -- not the least, perhaps, for the big names. John Wayne stars as circus owner Matt Masters, who takes his show to Europe hoping to save it from financial ruin. Accompanying Matt, is young Toni (Claudia Cardinale), whom Matt had raised since her aerialist mother Lili (Rita Hayworth) left them years before. Just before he departs from New York, Matt is reminded that Lili may be somewhere in Germany. Upon their arrival in Europe, much of the equipment is lost when their ship sinks in a Spanish port. Matt doesn't let that get the best of them, and he is soon up and running with the show, becoming a hit throughout Europe. Against Matt's wishes, Toni trains to become an aerialist like her mother. A quiet figure in the shadows proudly watches Toni rehearse her daring routines. The writing team of Ben Hecht, James Edward Grant and Julian Halevy adapted their screenplay from a story by Philip Yordan and Nicholas Ray. Though this was not a gunslinger role for Wayne, Matt Masters was not a far stretch. This could have been due to the fact that Wayne had previously worked on several projects with director Henry Hathaway and writers Hecht and Grant -- and the part was altered to suit him. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ned Washington Best Original Song 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rita Hayworth Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dimitri Tiomkin Best Original Song 1964 Winner

Cast

John Wayne
as Matt Masters
Claudia Cardinale
as Toni Alfredo
Rita Hayworth
as Lilli Alfredo
Lloyd Nolan
as Cap Carson
Richard Conte
as Aldo Alfredo
John Smith
as Steve McCabe
Henri Dantes
as Emile Schuman
Wanda Rotha
as Mrs. Schuman
Kay Walsh
as Flo Hunt
Katherine Ellison
as Molly
Miles Malleson
as Billy Hennigan
Katherine Kath
as Hilda
Moustache
as Bartender
Bob Cunningham
George Tyne
as Madrid bartender

Crew

Henry Hathaway
Director
Julian Halevy
Screenwriter
James Edward Grant
Screenwriter
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
Claude Renoir
Cinematographer
Jack Hildyard
Cinematographer
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Ned Washington
Songwriter
Dorothy Spencer
Editor
John F. de Cuir, Jr.
Art Director
Michael Waszynski
Executive Producer
Renie
Costume Designer
Philip Yordan
Short Story Author
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