Cinema: Sawdust Spectacular

Circus World. Still doggedly reproducing the collected epics of Cecil B. DeMille, Producer Samuel Bronston has launched a three-ring Circus. Though likable enough, this least pretentious of Bronston spectaculars cannot compare with The Greatest Show on Earth. It is just a minor romantic tearjerker, a Stella Dallas with sawdust.

When Big Top Impresario Matt Masters (John Wayne) takes his show to Spain, he has never told his ward (Claudia Cardinale) that her mother (Rita Hay worth) was the woman he once loved. No need to, really, because Rita has been missing for 14 years—guilt-ridden...