PG-13 | | Drama, Romance
Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a travelling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife.
The owner of the circus at the beginning mentions the Hagenbeck-Wallace wreck and the Hartford fire. These were actual circus disasters. On June 22, 1918 a troop train crashed into the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus train because the driver fell asleep and did not see the warning signs about the stopped circus train. Eighty-six people were killed and another one hundred twenty-seven were injured. On July 6, 1944 the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey big top circus tent at Hartford caught fire and killed one hundred sixty-nine people and injured over seven hundred.
Uh, Excuse me sir. Can we help you? Can we help you with something?
Old Jacob: Did I miss the Spec?
Charlie: Uh, yeah, I'm afraid so. The show was this afternoon.
Old Jacob: Oh.
Charlie: Did you come with the folks from Green Haven? Why don't we get out of the rain, and we'll call them ...
The night Jacob and Marlena run away, when Marlena rushes in Jacob's compartment, she wears a black satin robe over her dress which can also be seen when they are standing over the edge of the train ready to jump. However, when they jump and start walking away from the trails, Marlena wears only her dress. The satin robe reappears when they get in the hotel room.
In 'The producers wish to thank' section of the credits, the Circus World Museum is listed as being in Barbaroo, WI. The actual town is Baraboo, WI.
$16,842,353 (USA) (24 April 2011)