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Circus of Love(1958)

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The German-language film Circus of Love was shot simultaneously with the 1954 English-language release Carnival Story. Circus of Love was exhibited in Germany as Rummelplatz der Liebe. Although a viewing print could not be located, the summary above was derived from the distributor's pressbook and from reviews. The New York Times review stated that "scene-by-scene, the two pictures are almost identical." Although Circus of Love was announced to be shot in 3-D, according to a Los Angeles Daily News report of July 20, 1953, that plan was abandoned and no record of 3-D exhibitions in Germany, or in the U.S., have been located.
       In the German-language version Curt Jrgens, Eva Bartok, Bernhard Wicki, Robert Freytag and Willi Rose played the roles performed respectively by Steve Cochran, Anne Baxter, Lyle Bettger, George Nader and Jay C. Flippen in the English-language version. The pressbook and New York Times review describe Jrgens' character as a carnival "spieler." In Carnival Story, Cochran portrayed a carnival advance man and "spieler." According to the New York Times review, Cochran and Baxter can be seen as extras in the German version, probably in the same scene in which Jrgens and Bartok appear in Carnival Story. Helene Stanley, Adi Berber, Jacob Mslacher and Jadin Wong reprised their English-language roles in Circus of Love.
       A Daily Variety news item of August 20, 1958 reported that Circus of Love had been booked into 400 U.S. theaters, including several drive-ins, which had never played non-dubbed, foreign-language films.