The Art of Cinema #101


Circus World
(Henry Hathaway; 1963)

5 comments:

swac said...

Anyone out there ever actually see this?

It's definitely never been high on my list of Wayne priorities...

Tom Sutpen said...

I've seen it a couple of times. It's very much a typical Wayne vehicle of the time (the North to Alaska/McLintock/Donovan's Reef/James Edward Grant paradigm). If you like the Wayne formula . . . and I'll admit I find it not without charm of a sort . . . then you'd probably like Circus World.

Myself, I've always wondered what that film would have been like if Nicholas Ray had stayed on as director.

Anonymous said...

It would have been like 55 Days In Peking, only circusier.

Anonymous said...

Actually, if I'm not mistaken it was Frank Capra set to make this and he left it for Hathaway.

Tom Sutpen said...

Yes and no. Samuel Bronston brought him onto the project after Nick Ray had a heart attack and, according to Capra (never a reliable source, but this seems plausible) he left it when he realized he couldn't work with Wayne. Apparently they detested one another.

I think Wayne was responsible for bringing Hathaway in at that point . . . but don't quote me on that.