At the Circus

Synopsis: Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Edward Buzzell
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
87 min

That's all, Gibraltar.

You keep on eating between meals,|you'll ruin your figure.

And if you keep on fooling around|that gorilla...

he'll ruin your figure.

He's a snob. Come on.

Jeff, even though Gibraltar likes you...

I wish you wouldn't|take so many chances with him.

Julie, if that would make you|worry about me...

I'd move right into the cage.

It might seem a little cramped|after that house of yours in Newport.

Newport? Where have I heard that before?

I remember.|That's something in my dim, dark past.

- Are you sure it's past?|- Positive.

You like running a circus, don't you?

I like everything about it. But everything.

That's what you say now...

but the smell of sawdust|can get awfully monotonous after a while.

Young lady, that's no way|to talk to your boss.

a sensationally new modern feature:

that exciting personality...

Miss Julie Randall!

There's my cue.

Point killer.

Step up and take a bow

Don't be modest, don't be shy

Show that thoroughbred look in your eye

Step up with grace and pride

Take that oompah, oompah, oompah

In your stride

Each heart begins to beat in rhyme

Oompah-pah, oomph in three-quarter time

Maidens swoon and ladies pine

Wonderful, isn't she?

She's all right.

But whoever heard|of anyone singing with a horse act?

The audience likes it.

Be gallant

Take a bow

At this time,|presenting that muscular marvel...

the strongest man in the world:

Goliath the mighty!

And now the mighty Goliath...

will catch three 100-pound balls|shot from cannon.

I'll fix you!

Mr. Carter? Where's Mr. Carter?

Hello, Joe. What's new? Don't tell me now.

I got no time. I got to find Mr. Carter.

Hello, Nick. How's the wife?

Tell me later. I'm in a hurry.|I got to find Mr. Carter.

Hello, Sam, and that's all.

You see, Jeff, I'm in kind of a jam.

- Hey, Mr. Carter.|- Just a minute, Tony.

Something's come up.|I've got to have the $10,000 I loaned you.

But it isn't due until Saturday night.

That's right,|but unless you have it for me...

I'm afraid I'll have to take the circus over|to raise the money. I'm in an awful spot.

That won't be necessary, John.|I'll have your money for you tonight.

- You'll what?|- Hey, Mr. Carter.

Shut up. I'm talking. Did you say tonight?

Yes. With today's receipts,|I'll have enough to pay you off.

I'll give you your money|on the circus train tonight.

That's fine.

- lf you please, Mr. Carter.|- What is it?

- Can I have a month off next August?|- What for?

I just got word from my lawyer.|He got me a divorce.

And one month every year|I win the custody of my wife's parents.

Take it up with Mr. Wilson.

What's the matter, boss?|Carter making trouble for you?

He's doing the best he can.|But don't you worry about it, Tony.

You know what I say?

When you got business trouble,|best thing to do is get a lawyer.

Then you got more trouble,|but at least you have a lawyer.

- Thanks, Tony.|- You can count on me, boss.

I ain't got nothing,|but you can always have half.

Poor Jeff. He's in plenty trouble.


This will bring him pretty quick.

- It's a straight wire?|- I think I bent it a little.

- Let's see.|- What's the idea, reading my telegram?

- I've got to count the words, don't I?|- All right.

Ten words, 55 cents.

You got something a little cheaper?

We've got regular form telegrams|for congratulations. That's 25 cents.

That's fine. Send him:|"Congratulations. Just got a big case."

Sorry. Congratulatory messages|apply only to special occasions.

For example,|suppose somebody gets married.

- That's a quarter.|- It ain't worth it.

No. I mean, suppose your sister|had a baby. You'd send her a telegram.

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Irving Brecher

Irving S. Brecher (January 17, 1914 – November 17, 2008) was a screenwriter who wrote for the Marx Brothers among many others; he was the only writer to get sole credit on a Marx Brothers film, penning the screenplays for At the Circus (1939) and Go West (1940). He was also one of the numerous uncredited writers on the screenplay of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Some of his other screenplays were Shadow of the Thin Man (1941), Ziegfeld Follies (1946) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963). more…

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