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The Big Show (1961, James B. Clark)

TitleThe Big Show
Release LocationsGermany
DirectorJames B. Clark
MediumColor video
Length1 hrs, 53 mins
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsKing Lear (derivative)


Another "spinoff" from King Lear with much closer links to the Gloucester subplot than to the main plot. As with Broken Lance there is a tale of loyal and disloyal sons and a betrayed father, only this time the setting is not the Wild West but a circus

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CastPierre Alizee
FrederickFranco Andrei
VizziniPeter Capell
GardaCarol Christensen
CarlottaMargia Dean
CastPhilo Hanser
CastMunich Krone
TeresaRenata Mannhardt
EricDavid Nelson
CastJacques Nicolet
HansKurt Pecher
BrunoNehemiah Persoff
JosefCliff Robertson
CastStephen Schnabel
CastGerhard Stapper
CastMarlies Tanz
CastMariza Tomic
KlausRobert Vaughn
CastGerd Vesperman
HillaryEsther Williams
CastCarleton Young

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorJames B. Clark
DirectorHerman Goebal
ProducerJames B. Clark
ProducerTed Sherdeman
EditorBenjamin Laird
ComposerPaul Sawtell
ComposerBert Shefter
ScreenplayTed Sherdeman
Production ManagerClarence Eurist
FursChristensen Birger
CostumesJosef Cossfield
MakeupKlara Kraft
CostumesTeddy Turai-Rossi
LightingOtto Heller
SoundDon McKay
SoundWalter Ruhland
ProductionLudwig Rieber

Company Overview

Playgroup Doris Arndt and the Ice Bears
Playgroup The Rudolph Stey High Wire Troupe
Playgroup The Wandruscka Family and Animals of Circus Krone
Choreography Circus Krone, Munich

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell