When the Circus Came to Town

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When the Circus Came to Town
Written by Larry Grusin (story and screenplay)
Directed by Boris Sagal
Starring Elizabeth Montgomery
Christopher Plummer
Eileen Brennan
Theme music composer Charles Gross
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Robert Halmi Sr.
Editor(s) Murray Solomon
Release
Original channel CBS
Original release January 20, 1981

When the Circus Came to Town is an American television movie that originally aired on CBS as a "movie of the week" on January 20, 1981. Directed by Boris Sagal, the film stars Elizabeth Montgomery, Christopher Plummer, and Eileen Brennan.

Story[edit]

When the Circus Came to Town chronicles the life of Mary Lynn (Montgomery), a woman nearing middle age living in a small town. When the circus comes through town, she realizes nothing will ever change unless she does something different, so she leaves her boring sheltered life to run away and join the circus. While adapting to her new life, she finds herself challenged, and in the end, happy with her new life.

Cast[edit]

  • Elizabeth Montgomery . . . Mary Flynn
  • Christopher Plummer . . . Duke Royal
  • Eileen Brennan . . . Jessy
  • Gretchen Wyler . . . Olivia Probaska
  • Anne Shropshire . . . Aunt Helen
  • Tommy Madden . . . Louie
  • Timothy Hill . . . Schuller
  • Russell Saunders . . . Ivan Probashka
  • Mark Yerkes . . . Sergei Probashka
  • Bob Yerkes . . . Georgi Probashka
  • J. Don Ferguson . . . Andre Probashka
  • Anne Haney . . . Blossom
  • George Ellis . . . Rodriguez
  • Don Devendorf . . . Motel Clerk
  • Charles Lawlor . . . Redneck
  • Nicholas Warf . . . Juggler

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