Thursday, January 24, 2013

Circus Boy: Episode Number One

Micky Dolenz was born at a young age. (Don't blame me, I quoted that joke from his biography!)

His first tv show named him Micky Braddock and bleached his hair blonde (what was it with his natural hair??),  "Meet Circus Boy", full episode one here.

The show is in glorious black & white, has lots of animals and 3 separate fight scene.  As well as lots of GREAT exchanges between the grownups and Corky, Micky's character:

"The circus life is not the easiest in the world"/
"I guess not, but it's the best!"

Spoken by a true actor.

"Life isn't just one big circus, Corky"/
"Maybe it'd be better if it was!"

Just wait til you hit the swingin' 60's.

"This is my home.  The circus people, they're my folks.  I can't leave them.  I'm a Circus Boy!"

The plot is essentially based on the same lines of #6, "Success Story", involving taking a member of the "family" away from their "home environment".   Davy would be saying lines like this 10 years later, to his British grandfather who wanted him to go back to England.  When you have found a home and family, no matter how kooky, you need to fight to stay. Also a good start to questioning authority and anyone who wants to place themselves in a paternal role that doesn't have any merit (also see the "Agent" character who disappeared in the first edit of the Monkees Pilot).

"If I can't grow up in the circus, I don't wanna grow up at all"  (Peter Pan reference?)

"When someone does something that you think is wrong, you have to do something right.  Because 2 wrongs don't make a right!"

My favorite is his first line:  "Up, Bimbo, up!".  And look for the "Sausage Reverser".

Of course, #22, "At the Circus" has a direct reference when Micky enters the big top and begins singing the theme song to his old show.  But that was way too obvious to mention.

Visually, especially the scene on the road leaving the circus looks like Fellini's "La Strada" (1954).  Full film here.
This is the original Italian trailer, if you can't commit to the full 1:46 yet.  But do yourself a favor and watch it all!!  And the Italian is beautiful, even if you don't have subtitles.

If it looks as if the entire movie is dubbed into its original language, it is.  The Italian studios of the 50's  were especially poor (still recovering from WW2) and many were based near airports where the land was cheapest to rent.  They found it cheaper for the actors to dub all the sound in later.

So much for the idea that lip-syncing is "fake". (Beyonce at the inaugural, et al.)

Just because I'm a nerd, Rogert Ebert's review is here, classic Cinema Italiano.  Fellini referenced the circus many times, also notably in "La Dolce Vida" (1960) and "8 1/2" (1963) which was upgraded in America to "Nine".  It was a Broadway musical in 1982, and remade into a movie in 2009 (see "Cinema Italiano").


  1. Thanks for this i have watched tv episode by your link :)

    1. Thanks for letting me know; I'm so happy to share obscure stuff like this when I find it!!



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