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Circus World

Released 1964
Distributor Paramount Pictures

The last of the extravagantly mounted epics produced by Samuel Bronston in the sixties, Circus World stars John Wayne as a two-fisted sharpshooter named Matt Masters taxed with rescuing both a struggling circus and his dysfunctional family, each of them acrobats with their own soap operatic problems. Working from a story by Nicholas Ray, the movie was directed by Henry Hathaway and written by Ben Hecht.

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.