Life Is A Circus. Image shows from L to R: Bud (Bud Flanagan), Sebastian (Teddy Knox), Cecil (Jimmy Nervo), Charlie (Charlie Naughton)
Life Is A Circus

Life Is A Circus

  • 1959 film

A struggling circus faces closure but its ageing crew are determined not to let the company be shut down. Stars Bud Flanagan, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton, Jimmy Gold and more.

Life Is A Circus. Image shows from L to R: Eddie (Monsewer Eddie Gray), Goldie (Jimmy Gold), Bud (Bud Flanagan), Shirley 'Butch' Winter (Shirley Eaton), Sebastian (Teddy Knox), Charlie (Charlie Naughton), Cecil (Jimmy Nervo). Copyright: STUDIOCANAL

Key details

Bud Flanagan, Jimmy Nervo, Teddy Knox, Charlie Naughton, Jimmy Gold, Monsewer Eddie Gray, Shirley Eaton, Michael Holliday and more
Val Guest
Val Guest
E.M. Smedley-Aston and John Pellatt

Joe Winter's Circus and Funfair is in the doldrums. Already struggling to attract audiences, it looks certain that four generations of Winter circus history will come to a close when almost the entire performing cast walk out in the face of unpaid salaries and increasing hostility from rival outfit Rickenback's.

Left with only his daughter, Shirley; side-stall host Eddie; and a smattering of behind-the-scenes crew, Joe looks set to call time on the business, but his remaining employees insist they can put a show on - and, somewhat reluctantly, he relents.

As they bumble about to put on a full performance and draw in the public, Rickenback turns up with a local official, determined to prove that Winter's is no longer capable of putting on a show and should have its licence withdrawn. Events take a further turn for the worse when their generator is repossessed!

However, lead driver Bud soon comes up trumps when he chances upon an old friend and buys a cartload of antique and scrap goods to use as side-stall prizes, only to discover that one item is a lamp complete with genie. Promising his servitude to his new master, this looks set to be the almost literal magic wand that Winter's needs.

Additional details

UK certificate
84 minutes

British Lion

Camera set-up
Single camera
Black and white
Music composed and conducted by Philip Green. For You, For You and Life Is A Circus composed and with lyrics by Philip Green and Val Guest.

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Recording details

  • Shepperton Studios
  • Windsor High Street and Eton High Street - Street locations
  • Home Park - Windsor pitch site
  • Peascod Street - Chase sequence (Clarence Road junction)
  • Windsor Great Park

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