Call this an experiment in collective communication. Or call it a selfish desire to see one of my fond childhood memories again.
First some context, “The Big Circus” was an Irwin (Lost in Space, The Towering Inferno, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) Allen production from the very early 1950’s. I can remember vividly seeing it in the Geneva Theatre in Orillia, Ontario on one of the hot summer nights during summer holidays.
My parents took my brothers and I to see it and I was transfixed. Action, mystery, lions on the loose, fires in the big top, all capped off with a final sequence tightrope walking across Niagara Falls.
Unfortunately, The Big Circus, has never been on DVD. It was available for a very short period in the 1980s when home video was in its infancy.
Now, just to put this all in further context, we are not talking about great art here – the film stars Victor Mature for god’s sake. And, I am certain that it is dated and silly as hell – but it is still a fond memory. Maybe I can recapture some of the awe that I remember from my first viewing so long ago on that summer night.
Or maybe not. But I am not alone. Years ago I posted a comment on the film on the Internet Movie Database and received a number of enquiries from like minded anxious fans wondering if I had a copy of the film. (more…)