Cinematic Time Capsule
1940 Marathon - Film #77
So you’d rather run around with circus folks, huh?
Country boy Henry Fonda runs away with the circus and “aw shucks” himself from one predicament to the next. Along the way he’s torn between temptress Dorothy Lamour and hometown girl Linda Darnell.
In a lot of ways this odd technicolor film feels like a distant cousin to Clint Eastwood’s Bronco Billy as the struggling small tent circus deals with big top competitors, un-loyal show-folks and a mineral-water drinking lion.
BONUS POINTS for when Henry Fonda is forced into the Ringleader role where he loudly over-pronounces every syllable with incredibly long pauses between each and every word.
What else do you reckon could happen to a circus.
Cinematic Time Capsule - 1940 Ranked