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Trapeze (UA 1956, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis)



Burt Lancaster revisits the circus acrobatics of his youth as the impaired aerialist who once risked his life and achieved the ‘triple,’ three midair somersaults. Curtis is the son of a former Lancaster colleague who wants to know the secret, and Lollobrigida the tumbler who romances both aerialists to move up on the circus ladder.

Burt Lancaster brings professional expertise to his role as a trapeze artist in Trapeze. A vaudeville and circus acrobat before entering films, Lancaster took pride in doing most of his own stunts until he was in his fifties.

production details
USA / United Artists / 105 minutes / 1956-05-30

Director: Carol Reed
Producer: James Hill
Cinematography: Robert Krasker
Editor: Bert Bates
Music: Malcolm Arnold
Script: Liam O’Brien, James R. Webb
Art Direction: Rino Mondellini

Burt Lancaster as Mike Ribble
Tony Curtis as Tino Orsini
Gina Lollobrigida as Lola
Katy Jurado as Rosa
Gérard Landry as Chikki
Sid James as Snake Charmer
Thomas Gomez as Bouglione
Johnny Puleo as Max (dwarf)
Minor Watson as John Ringling North
Jean-Pierre Kérien as Otto
Gimma Boys as Circus family children
Los Arriolas as Specialty Act
Gamil Ratib as Stefan
Pierre Tabard as Paul
Edward Hagopian as 3rd partner of Lola