Synopsis: Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist - and the only the sixth to have completed a triple somersault - before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to convince Mike to teach him the 'triple'. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Carol Reed
Production: Hill-Hecht-Lancaster Productions
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

- I know it's not easy...

You come out of that third somersault like

an express train. And you come out blind.

A split second to reach for your catcher,

and a split second for him to grab you.

- That's all there is to it.

- All I want...

How many wet-eared kids have

come to me tryin' to suck me back in?

But you top 'em all. You wanna do a triple.

All I ask is one look. If you don't think

I got it, I'll go back to Brooklyn.

Well, start packin'.

How am I doing?

How about this?

You tryin' to leave your fingerprints

on the bar? Grip it lightly.

Get your hands closer together.

They're too far apart.

Closer still. Shoulder width.

When you do a roll over the bar that way,

shoot way up in the air.

You know, I modeled

my style after yours.

Then you'll always be a second-rater.

Make your own style.

You don't force out high enough.

You'll never reach your catcher unless

you kick for the ceiling. Watch my swing.

There. This is where your catcher

would be for any big trick.

Here I come. Catch me!

- You fool! Without a net?

- Who needs a net?

- I should have dropped you on your head.

- But you didn't.

You! I told you before, get down.

A dead flier becomes a live catcher.

You've got great hands.

Be a catcher. Catch me.

I'm no catcher,

not for you or anybody else.

Come back in the business.

We'll make a team.

The only act to do a triple -

Ribble and Orsini.

You want my advice? Well, here it is. Fly

back to Brooklyn while you can still fly.

From flier to rigger in one accident.

New York to Paris. He's fallen a long way.

- He's not smashed up as bad as I heard.

- It's his heart that's smashed.

He used to be a flier.

Now he can't even get on the pedestal.

What good is life to a bird if he can't fly?

You can understand.

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James R. Webb

James R. Webb (October 4, 1909 – September 27, 1974) was an American writer. He won an Academy Award in 1963 for How the West Was Won.Webb was born in Denver, Colorado, and graduated from Stanford University in 1930. During the 1930s he worked both as a screenwriter and a fiction writer for a number of national magazines, including Collier's Weekly, Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening Post. Webb was commissioned an army officer in June 1942 and became a personal aide to General Lloyd R. Fredendall who was commander of the II Corps (United States). Webb accompanied Fredendall to England in October 1942 and participated in the invasion of North Africa in November 1942 when the Second Corps captured the city of Oran. The Second Corps then attacked eastward into Tunisia. In February 1943 the German army launched a counterattack at Kasserine Pass which repulsed the Second Corps and nearly broke through the Allied lines. The Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower relieved Fredendall of command in March 1943 and sent him back to the United States where he became deputy commander of the Second United States Army at Memphis, Tennessee. Webb returned to the United States with Fredendall and later served in the European Theater. Webb left the Army after the war and returned to Hollywood, California, where he continued his work as a screenwriter. He died on September 27, 1974, and was buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery. more…

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