Funniest Show on Earth

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Funniest Show on Earth
(Il più comico spettacolo del mondo)
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Film poster
Directed by Mario Mattoli
Produced by Alfredo De Laurentiis
Written by Sandro Continenza
Italo De Tuddo
Ruggero Maccari
Mario Monicelli
Starring May Britt
Peppino De Filippo
Music by Armando Trovaioli
Cinematography Riccardo Pallottini
Edited by Leo Cattozzo
Distributed by Lux Film
Release date
  • 1953 (1953)
Running time
70 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Funniest Show on Earth (Italian: Il più comico spettacolo del mondo) is a 1953 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Mattoli and starring May Britt.[1] It is the first Italian film in 3D.

It was filmed with a three-dimensional shooting system patented by Carlo Ponti and Dino De Laurentiis and called "PoDelVision" (from the initials of their surnames), which prescribed the simultaneous use of more cameras and then the printing of two identical copies of films: one for the left eye and one for the right eye.[2]

The film is an explicit parody of Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth.[2]


In the circus a clown named Tottons Togni (Totò), obliged not to make-up off never to not reveal his identity, is constantly haunted by jealousy of three women (a lion tamer, a fantasist, a trapeze artist) and also by the investigation of a police officer. The plot is a clear pretext for a series of numbers taken from magazines Toto (such as the gay hairdresser and masseuse).



  1. ^ "New York Times: Funniest Show on Earth". NY Times. Retrieved 1 August 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Francesco Gallo (17 October 2011). "Toto' faceva ridere anche in 3D". Ansa. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 

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