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Smallest Show on Earth (1957)
Smallest Show on Earth
Actors: Virginia McKenna, Peter Sellers
Director: Basil Dearden

Struggling writer Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) and his wife Jean (Virginia McKenna) find themselves the owners of a cinema in a small town through an inheritance. Hoping to sell the theater for the money, they arrive to fin...  more »


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Actors: Virginia McKenna, Peter Sellers
Director: Basil Dearden
Studio: Synergy Ent
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 05/29/2007
Release Year: 2007
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0

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Movie Reviews

No Masterpiece, But Fun
Samantha Kelley | USA | 04/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) is notified through the mail that he has inherited his great uncle's fortune. Will he please come to claim it? The Spensers are thrilled at the prospect of getting money, although Matt is unsure about whether he had an uncle in the first place. Indeed he did, but the fortune is a small one. He has inherited one rundown movie theater called the Bijou. As soon as he hears that an offer has been made to sell, Matt decides he wants to take the money and run, but the offer is much smaller than it was before. The Spensers decide to open the theater to bluff the buyer, and in doing so become quite friendly with the staff.

This is a sweet, minor film about the love of a cinema. There are some touching scenes, like when the staff decides to run an old silent movie. There is plenty of comedy as well, like when Matt turns up the heat during the desert movies to sell more ice cream. The ending is not entirely satisfying, though, and this isn't an art piece the way that Cinema Paradiso is, but The Smallest Show on Earth is an enjoyable obscure film."