The Smallest Show On Earth

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

This delightful comedy has Travers and McKenna inheriting a run-down theater. Sellers is the drunken projectionist, Rutherford is the ticket seller, an organ player during the silent era, and Miles is the aging doorman. In addition to these three eccentrics that come with the theater, a nearby train track causes the entire building to vibrate with the passing...read more

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This delightful comedy has Travers and McKenna inheriting a run-down theater. Sellers is the drunken projectionist, Rutherford is the ticket seller, an organ player during the silent era, and Miles is the aging doorman. In addition to these three eccentrics that come with the theater, a

nearby train track causes the entire building to vibrate with the passing of each train. Travers and McKenna initially plan to sell the place, but they discover that they could never meet the bills they have inherited. They devise a plan to jack up the asking price, but this is foiled, leaving a

shutdown as the only alternative. Fearful of losing his beloved position, Miles decides to torch the opposing theater, thus forcing a hefty offer to come from the competitors. Highlighting the many comic situations are those in which Sellers attempts to project films while in a plastered state,

which result, at one point, in the picture taking on a number of odd shapes. For this sequence, audience members attempt to compensate by standing on their heads.

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  • Review: This delightful comedy has Travers and McKenna inheriting a run-down theater. Sellers is the drunken projectionist, Rutherford is the ticket seller, an organ player during the silent era, and Miles is the aging doorman. In addition to these three eccentric… (more)

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