Juggling in Movies

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1, 2, 3, Corona (1948)
[Hans Müller film; Eva Ingeborg Scholz, Lutz Moik]


After 6 minutes there's a club juggler practicing, and a little later Eva Ingeborg Scholz does some rope swinging. Starting 50 minutes into the film, a show in a children's circus has two boys juggling three balls each, with hoop juggling (cascade and 3 around the body, the trick that Bob Bramson did with 4 hoops), unicyclers, and trick roping. In the 61st minute of the film someone juggles balls, and 15 minutes later Scholz rides a unicycle on a tightrope.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
[Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara, Dan Seymour]

Before they can return to America from Egypt, Peter and Freddie find the archaeologist Dr. Zoomer murdered. A medallion leads them to a crypt where a revived mummy provides the terror.

Reported to contain juggling.

Abgeschminkt! (1993)
[Katja Riemann, Nina Kronjäger, Gedeon Burkhard, Max Tidof, Daniela Lunkewitz]

Germany. An original satire about women of the 90's in search of the men of their dreams. Franzy believes she's through with men, but desperately needs new amorous story lines for the comic strip she writes for a newspaper. So she observes her friend Maischa struggling to satisfy her need for love - and someone who knows how to install her new shelf. Since joiner Klaus demands too much attention, she sets her eyes on the good-looking footballer Rene.

Gregor "Gulle" Kiock from Munich appears as a three club juggler on a unicycle in a park scene.

The Addams Family (1991)
[Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd]

The Addams step out of Charles Addams' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in a false lost Uncle Fester.

The Passing Zone, Jon Wee and Owen Morse, were stand-ins for Fester and Gomez passing six unweighted prop knives in the Mamushka dance.

L'Aile ou la cuisse (1976)
[Claude Zidi film; Louis De Funès, Coluche, Ann Zacharias, Julien Guiomar]

France. Charles Duchemin, a well-known gourmet and publisher of a famous restaurant guide, is waging a war against a fast food entrepreneur to save the French art of cooking. After having agreed to appear on a talk show to show his skills in naming food and wine by taste, he is confronted with two disasters: his son wants to become a clown rather than a restaurant tester and he, the famous Charles Duchemin, has lost his taste!

Coluche, who plays the son of Louis de Funes, juggles 3 eggs a few minutes after the beginning of the movie.

Airplane! (1980)
[Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Robert Stack]

This is a spoof of the airport disaster movies. When the crew of an airplane are struck by some form of virus, the fate of the passengers depends on an former war pilot who is the only one able to land the plane safely! The passengers represent a selection of interesting wacky characters who seem to take every word for its literal meaning.

Robert Hays juggles 3 balls for about 5 seconds as part of a disco dancing scene about 20 minutes into the movie. Later, someone spins a basketball on his finger.

Aladdin (1992)
[Walt Disney Productions]

Aladdin is a street urchin who lives in a large and busy town long ago.

There is some tennis racquet juggling, not done very realistically, in the "Prince Ali" scene, when the genie introduces himself to Aladdin, and when the elephant crashes through the palace door.

Alfred the Great (1969)
[David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely, Julian Glover, Ian McKellen]

UK. This swashbuckler is based on the life of the dashing 9th-century English leader who tries to keep England safe from the vicious Danish raiders threatening the country. He must also save his wife from the Viking invaders.

After 65 minutes, some club jugglers are in the background during a Viking banquet. The jugglers can be seen a few times during this two minute scene.

Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
[Joseph Bologna, Dee Wallace-Stone, Richard Lynch, Woody Brown, Holly Gagnier]

A giant alligator runs riot in a small town with a lake connected to a sewer drainage system. Nobody believes the sightings until many people have been killed.

Near the end of the movie, the alligator enters an amusement park, where a unicycler and a club juggler are passing.

Allotria (1936)
[Willi Forst film; Renate Müller, Jenny Jugo, Adolf Wohlbrück, Heinz Rühmann, Hilde Hildebrand]


Adolf Wohlbrück juggles three fruits in a cascade pattern about 79 minutes into the movie.

Amarcord (1974)
[Pupella Maggio, Armando Brancia, Magali Nokl, Ciccio Ingrassia]

In this movie Fellini portrays his home town of Rimini as he remembered it in the '30s, during his youth. Many bizarre but very warm and human characters and specific Mediterranean humor made this movie the most popular of all Fellini's works.

After 25 minutes Titta's uncle Pataca, played by Nando Orfei, juggles a cascade with 2 napkin rings and a piece of bread for several seconds during a scene at the lunch table.

Americathon (1979)
[John Ritter, Howard Hesseman, Harvey Korman]

In the not too distant future, the United States government is virtually bankrupt and in danger of being foreclosed on by a group of Native Americans, now owners of the massive Nike Corporation. A desperate President decides to make a last-ditch effort to save the country, by raising money with a telethon!

Reported to contain juggling.

And the Angels Sing (1944)
[Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Lamour, Eddie Foy Jr., Betty Hutton]

There's nothing but trouble in Paradise when the band leader tries to make love to a whole sister act - simultaneously!

Reported to contain juggling.

The Animal (2001)
[Rob Schneider, Colleen Haskell, John C. McGinley]

After receiving organ transplants from various animal donors, a man finds himself taking on the traits of those animals.

There is a brief scene with simple 3 ball juggling.

Annie (1982)
[Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Aileen Quinn]

Broadway musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.

At the beginning of the film a girl briefly juggles three cans in the orphanage and falls off her bed. In a circus scene lasting over two minutes there is a juggler doing a three torches in the background, with a few tricks, as well as some torch swinging. He drops. Interesting only because the juggler is Michael Moschen. Two club passers are seen here, and later on tall unicycles. Fred "Garbo" Garver also appears.

Arabian Adventure (1979)
[Christopher Lee, Milo O'Shea, Oliver Tobias, Emma Samms]

Adventure drama.

In the first moments of the film, we follow a starving waif through the cruel streets of the Caliph's city. As he travels the streets, we see many people engaging in acts of jugglery, fire-breathing, and devil sticking with a tree branch.

Arabian Nights (1942)
[Sabu, Jon Hall, Maria Montez, Leif Erickson, Billy Gilbert]

Dancer Sherazade was told by the stars that she will become wife of the kalif in Bagdad. She tells Kamar, brother of kalif Haroun. He planned a coup d'etat, which failed at first, but supported by the wasir he finally succeeds.

The Three Swifts pass flaming torches in dazzling color near the beginning of the film.

Armour of God II: Operation Condor (1990)
[Jackie Chan, Shoko Ikeda]

Original title was Feiying Gaiwak. Jackie is a talented special agent who is used for dangerous undercover work. The government employs him to try and find some gold that the Nazis allegedly left in Northern Africa 40 years ago. He soon discovers that he is not the only one searching for the gold; there are people willing to kill to get their hands on it.

Few of the stunts are close to juggling, but jugglers might better appreciate some of them than would the general public. In one early scene, a baddie's gun has been dropped on a rug. The baddie runs to get it; Jackie pulls the rug out from under him, shakes the rug sending the gun flying through the air, jumps over the guy to catch the gun in flight, and lands holding the gun at the baddie's head. About 1.5 seconds altogether. Check it out!

Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)
[Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud]

In this sequel to the 1981 hit movie, Arthur manages to lose his entire $750 million fortune. Will the former millionaire playboy be able to survive as a broke, unemployable alcoholic? To add to Arthur's problems, wife Linda's biological clock is ticking louder than ever, and she's pressuring him to start taking responsibility for himself.

Reported to contain juggling.

Artisten (1935)
[Harry Piel; Hilde Hildebrand, Susi Lanner]


Reported to contain juggling.

Assiettes tournantes (1895)
[Louis Lumière film]

France. Short documentary film.

Reported to contain juggling.

Astérix et Cléopâtre (1968)
[René Goscinny, Lee Payant and Albert Uderzo film]

France. Animation based on comic strip.

After the first third of the film, an Egyptian worker juggles 1, 3 and 5 huge bricks, used to build up the Pharaoh's pyramid, in the shower pattern. Another worker does some foot juggling with one brick. The workers have been given some magic potion from the French alchemist.

At the Circus (1939)
[Marx Brothers, Kenny Baker, Florence Rice, Eve Arden, Margaret Dumont]

Jeff Wilson, the owner of a small circus, owes his partner Carter $10000. Before Jeff can pay, Carter lets his accomplices steal the money, so he can take over the circus. Antonio Pirelli and Punchy, who work at the circus, together with lawyer Loophole try to find the thief and get the money back.

After 6 minutes Chico passes by some jugglers. After 22 minutes Groucho sings "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" and inspires a man in the foreground, possibly Jerry Maren, to briefly juggle 3 clubs.

The Baby of Macon (1993)
[Peter Greenaway film; Julia Ormond, Ralph Fiennes, Philip Stone]

A movie about the corruption in all levels of society. A baby is born from a supposed virgin woman, so a chain of hysteria about divine intervention in the birth takes place.

Towards the end of this film, there is a three ball cascade seen from the side for a few seconds during a gang rape scene.

Bachelor Party (1984)
[Tom Hanks, Tawny Kitaen, Adrian Zmed, George Grizzard, Barbara Stuart]

Tom Hanks is about to marry Tawny Kitaen. Her parents hate him. Her old boyfriend hates him. They all have money while he gets a cut of the crap games on the Catholic school bus he drives. His friends decide to give him the bachelor party of all bachelor parties with an expensive hotel, booze, movies and hookers.

Reported to contain juggling.

Back to the Future, Part III (1990)
[Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen]

The conclusion of the trilogy sends Marty McFly on a rescue mission to the year 1885, where he must save Doc Brown from death at the hands of yet another member of the Tannen clan.

At the celebration in the evening, at one point Mickey O'Connor does some 4 ball juggling, which is out of focus in the background. It seems to be a half-shower in each direction, as well as a sync and async fountain, and columns.

The Barbarians (1987)
[Peter Paul, David Paul, Richard Lynch, Eva LaRue, Virginia Bryant]

The young orphans Kutchek and Gore have been adopted by a tribe of clowns, jugglers, and entertainers.

Reported to contain juggling.

Barnum (1986)
[Burt Lancaster, Kirsten Bishop, Lorena Gale, Sandor Raski, Rob Roy]

In Burt Lancaster's highly acclaimed portrayal of the circus legend, Phineas T. Barnum looks back at his life, starting when he is just a little boy. This made-for-TV movie shows how he muddled through his life and how he finally became a successful circus master. But to get there he had to risk everything he had and show enormous courage.

Fresh out of Ringling Brothers Clown College, Joel Heidtman appears as a juggler, along with Gene Jones, John Mark St. Jules, and 12-year-old Shane Hanson.

Batman Returns (1992)
[Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken]

In this, the second Batman movie, megalomaniac businessman Max Shreck sets a plot against Gotham City in motion. He is joined by Penguin, a deformed and rather deranged man abandoned at birth by respectable parents. Penguin, backed by hoodlums and real penguins, runs for mayor. The plot is further complicated by Serena, a wronged secretary who transforms into Catwoman, a villain with mixed motives.

The Penguin's cohorts exhibit torch juggling and unicycling. At the beginning of the film, during the scene in which the circus storms the city, two guys pass torches on tall stilts.

The Beach Girls (1982)
[Debra Blee, Val Kline, Jeana Tomasino]

School is out, and three girls head to the beach for vacation. Two of the girls are world-wise party-goers who attempt to loosen up their naive, virginal friend, whose uncle has allowed the girls to stay at his beach house.

This contains a juggler named Fritz "Frizzy" Turner doing some fairly simple tricks using 3, 4, and 5 balls, for 23 seconds, starting at 38:32. He does some 3 ball chops and 4 ball multiplex throws. With 5 balls, he does a cascade and some multiplex tricks. The scene was more notable for the people who pass in front of him as he juggles. First a young woman, holding a wine bottle in one hand and a spatula in the other, displaying her rather large bare breasts. She was closely followed by a bare-chested man wearing a football helmet and holding a plunger. I'm not making this up.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
[Walt Disney Productions]

Belle is a girl who is dissatisfied with life in a small provincial French town, constantly trying to fend off the misplaced "affections" of conceited Gaston. The Beast is a prince who was placed under a spell because he could not love. A wrong turn taken by Maurice, Belle's father, causes the two to meet.

Under a second of juggling during each of two songs, "The Gaston" and "Be Our Guest." Short, but they got the juggling right. Credited as acrobat/jugglers were Rafi Goldvasser, Eduardo Hobshar, Nitzan Zytzer, and Eran Lavy.

Becoming Colette (1991)
[Klaus Maria Brandauer, Mathilda May, Virginia Madsen, Paul Rhys, John Van Dreelen]

At the turn of the century, Henri Gauthier-Villars, a notorious bachelor, marries the young country girl Gabrielle Colette and introduces her to debauched Parisian life. Gabrielle keeps a diary of all her experiences, which Villars, the spendthrift heir to a publishing house, prints as the Claudine series under his pen-name of Willy. Villars sets up a threesome with Gabrielle and Polaire, one of his mistresses, but the women become lovers and allies. Gabrielle finally becomes fed up with the duplicity of Villars, and publishes her books under her own name, Colette.

Reported to contain juggling.

Benny & Joon (1993)
[Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn]

Benny runs a car repair shop, and is having trouble keeping a housekeeper to take care of his mentally disturbed sister Joon. Without supervision she tends to set things on fire and create public disturbances. One night they lose in a poker game and have to agree to take in a friend's cousin, Sam, who also has some erratic personality traits. When Joon and Sam begin falling in love, Benny must deal with his feelings about not being needed as much by his sister, and about his plans to put her in a group home.

Johnny Depp performs Keaton-esque physical comedy, including a hubcap spin on a finger and three plates being handed back and forth among three people in a cascade. He also does some street performance and various balancing tricks in the movie.

Berlin, Symphonie einer Großstadt (1927)
[Walter Ruttmann film]

Germany. Also known as "Berlin, Symphony of a Great City." This movie shows us one day in Berlin, the rhythm of that time, starting at the earliest morning and ends in the deepest night.

During the last act, there's a club juggler on the stage of a vaudeville theatre.

The Betty Boop Limited (1932)
[Max Fleischer, Dave Fleischer; short animation]

On a special train, Betty's show troupe rehearses. Betty sings, and Koko does a soft-shoe. The train itself also does tricks.

Bimbo juggles.

The Big Picture (1989)
[Kevin Bacon, Emily Longstreth, J.T. Walsh, Jennifer Jason Leigh]

Nick Chapman graduates from film school, and his short film wins a special prize. This gives him a high enough profile that he can get Hollywood to back the film he has long dreamed of making. Studio head Allen Habel is interested. But Nick soon is seduced by Hollywood and makes one concession after another until his original movie is lost altogether. Worse, Nick is lost, too, turning on girlfriend Susan and old buddy Emmet. Will he come to his senses before everything is lost?

During a party at a Hollywood producer's home, Marc Schiltz Takoda juggles torches while standing over a pool with two nude women lounging on an air mattress below him.

The Big Shot (1942)
[Lewis Seiler film; Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Susan Peters]

Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna, Berne's old sweetheart, keeps him from it, but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and Lorna get some time together again after he stages a prison break, but if he stays with her, his old friend George will have to take the rap for killing one of the guards.

There is some club juggling and club passing.

The Big Store (1941)
[Marx Brothers, Tony Martin, Virginia Grey, Margaret Dumont, Douglass Dumbrille]

The Phelps Department Store is about to be sold by its new part owner, Tommy Rogers, with the permission of Martha Phelps, the dowager co-owner. The current manager doesn't want this, as the irregularities in the books will show up. When an attempt is made on Tommy's life, Martha enlists the worst private eye in the world to protect him, Wolf J. Flywheel.

The Marx Brothers appear on a unicycle.

Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
[Paul Reubens, Penelope Ann Miller, Kris Kristofferson]

Sequel to Tim Burton's Pee-wee's Big Adventure. This time, Pee-Wee finds himself involved with a circus that becomes held up in a storm in his home town. However, the local community are hostile to the freakish traveling band.

There are about three seconds of juggling apples off in the distance at one point. Also, Pee Wee attempts to juggle apples.

Bill: On His Own (1983)
[Mickey Rooney, Helen Hunt, Edie McClurg, Tracey Walter, Teresa Wright]

Continuation of "Bill," the 1981 movie about a retarded man, played by Mickey Rooney.

In this sequel, Turk Pipkin appears as a juggler.

Billy Bathgate (1991)
[Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Loren Dean, Bruce Willis]

Based loosely on the organized crime syndicates of the 20's and 30's, Billy Bathgate is the story of a young man's rise from gopher to right hand man in Dutch Schultz' gang. Having been impressed by the youth, Schultz takes him under his wing. Billy soon finds himself in a world where wealth and fortune live next door to danger and death.

Loren Dean, as young Billy, juggles 3 balls and 4 balls on a train trestle.

Billy Madison (1995)
[Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel, Norm Macdonald]

In order to inherit his fed-up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

At a garden party about 30 minutes into the film, a stilt-walking clown, played by Jonathan Seglins (photo), juggles 3 clubs briefly before being tripped and falling.

Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962)
[Doris Day, Jimmy Durante, Stephen Boyd, Martha Raye, Dean Jagger]

A debt-ridden circus is saved by a well-meaning but inept publicity man.

This has about a minute of a big circus scene with many acts performing at once. Miss Lani is featured doing foot juggling. There is also some ring spinning and 3 clubs are juggled on a tall unicycle. The circus performers are Ron Henon, Billy Barton, Corky Cristiani, Victor Julian, Richard Berg, Joe Monahan, Adolph Dubsky, and Pat Anthony.

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
[Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor]

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Reported to contain juggling.

Bird on a Wire (1990)
[John Badham film; Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine, Bill Duke, Jeff Corey]

Rick has been given a new identity by the FBI for helping convict a drug dealing FBI agent. Fifteen years later his former fiancee recognizes him. Rick's FBI "minder" has been replaced by a corrupt agent who helps the drug dealing FBI agent and his accomplice locate him. There are many subsequent chase scenes as Rick and his girlfriend revisit his former haunts.

Near the beginning, 3 clubs are juggled for a few seconds in each of two scenes.

Black Arrow (1985)
[John Hough film; Oliver Reed, Donald Pleasence, Fernando Rey, Steve Chase]

Based on Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, "Black Arrow" follows the daring exploits of an expert bowman against the evil Sir Daniel. The action takes place during the War of the Roses in 15th century England. This historical conflict led to the accession of Henry VII.

There are at least two scenes with torch juggling, ring juggling and fire spitting during a feast and games of the knights.

Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
[Emir Kusturica film; Bajram Severdzan, Srdjan Todorovic, Branka Katic]

Yugoslavia. Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17-year-old son Zare. After a failed business deal, he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a sister, Afrodita, that he desperately wants to see get married so they strike a deal: Zare is to marry her. But neither of the two care much for an arranged marriage: Zare is in love with Ida, Afrodita is waiting for the man of her dreams.

The gun runner criminal character juggles three hand grenades and does some tricks, and then drops with predictable consequences.

Black Knight (2001)
[Martin Lawrence, Vincent Regan, Michael Burgess]

Martin Lawrence plays Jamal, an employee in the Medieval World amusement park. After sustaining a blow to the head, he awakens to find himself in 14th century England.

About 25 minutes into the movie, there is a banquet scene. Two jugglers are passing balls across the front of the King's table. They're onscreen for about 10 seconds. The one on the right is Chris Julian and the one on the left is Frank Jeffreys.

The Blue Kite (1993)
[Tian Yi, Wenyao Zhang, Xiaoman Chen, Liping Lu, Quanxin Pu]

Original title was Lan Feng Zheng. A Chinese movie about societal conditions around the time after Stalin died.

There were several Chinese children, and one of them was playing with a simple wooden one-piece diabolo. He was just idling it, and not doing any tricks.

Bobby May: America's Great Juggler (1988)
[Stuart Lippe film; Bobby May]

26 minute documentary on the great American juggler Bobby May. All significant known film footage was obtained through the efforts of Emily May, Dick Franco, and Stuart Lippe.

The definitive video on one of history's greatest jugglers. Rare, previously unseen archival footage includes the earliest known film of Bobby May from 1920. This features a live interview, and a high-quality seven-minute copy of "The Juggling Fool" produced in 1938 by the Vitaphone Corporation.

The Bounty (1984)
[Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis]

The familiar story of Captain Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Captain Bligh to get his loyalists safely to Australia in a tiny lifeboat.

Reported to contain juggling.

Boys on the Side (1995)
[Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey]

Jane is a night club singer, out of work and looking for a ride-share to accompany her to Los Angeles. Her advertisement is answered by Robin, a shy young lady very unlike the brash Jane. A stop in Pittsburgh picks up a third, Holly, escaping a violent and drug-dealing husband. Girls on the road, reaching understanding, respect, and care for each other.

There's a two second scene of a leapfrog steal with three clubs, followed by flourishes, performed by David Kha and Angelo Romeo, both from Tucson, AZ.

Brain Donors (1992)
[John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, George De La Pena, John Savident]

A lawyer, cab driver and a handyman are three manic idiots who team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet.

Bob Nelson does a little juggling performance with 3 scarves during a dancing scene.

Braveheart (1995)
[Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Angus MacFadyen, Brendan Gleeson]

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.

After about 20 minutes, when Wallace is back in his village and the wedding is going on, two men are standing at the left of the picture, passing six knives. They fit very well in the scene, and give it more life.

Brewster's Millions (1985)
[Richard Pryor, John Candy]

Brewster is a minor league baseball player. Unknown to him, he had a (recently deceased) rich relative. In order to test if Brewster knows the value of money, he is given the task of disposing of $30m in 30 days.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Bribe (1949)
[Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak]

In pursuit of stolen aircraft engines on a Central American island, federal agent Rigby meets chief suspect Hintten and his wife Elizabeth, a sultry cafe singer; and is watched by Bealer, a "pie-shaped man" with sore feet. Rigby knows he's on the right track when Bealer offers him money to leave Carlota. When Rigby and Elizabeth are drawn to each other, the gang realizes there's more than one kind of bribe.

Jerry Pina is listed as an uncredited stunt juggler.

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
[Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte, Sandy Baron, Corbett Monica, Jackie Gayle]

Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he's not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny does. This problem is Lou's mistress Tina. Lou wants Tina to be at his concerts, otherwise he can't perform, but he's married, so Danny has to take her along as if she was his girlfriend. Danny gets more than he has bargained for when two mobsters come looking for the guy who has hurt their brother by stealing the heart of Tina, the girl he loves.

There are references to Danny Rose managing a one-handed juggler, who appears in one party scene doing two balls in one hand.

Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
[Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan]

Johnny Brett and King Shaw are a not very successful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people from whom they lent money, gives him the name of his partner. Because of Shaw's attitude to alcohol, problems begin.

Features Trixie Firschke (Trixie Larue) doing some mouthstick and rubber ball tricks in a scene with Fred Astaire. Excellent juggling scene of over 4 minutes also includes good 6 plate juggling. Also contains unicyclist Blair Woolstencroft.

Brubaker (1980)
[Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Alexander, Murray Hamilton]

Henry Brubaker is the new warden at Wakefield prison. He makes his entrance as a prisoner in order to get a convict's view of the real state of the institution. To his horror, he finds all manner of abuse and corruption, which after disclosing his real identity, he sets out to correct.

In the seventh minute a prisoner juggles three balls to entertain the prisoners' families at a picnic as Redford walks away from the donkey polo match, just before the cut to the "political debates." The juggling appears in the background for less than a second, and was performed by Philip E. Plubell, also known as Philip the Foole.

The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
[Gary Busey, Don Stroud, Charles Martin Smith, William Jordan]

Biography of 1950's rock and roll star Buddy Holly, who was killed in a plane crash early in his career.

Reported to contain juggling.

Bullseye! (1991)
[Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Sally Kirkland]

Moore and Caine play dual rolls in this off-beat and highly silly caper - a pair of small time con-men and a partnership of nuclear physicists.

Has some club passing by Michael Angelo and Leif Lewis and a little other juggling in the background in one scene.

The Buster Keaton Story (1957)
[Donald O'Connor, Peter Lorre, Ann Blyth, Rhonda Fleming]

Donald O'Connor plays the great silent comedian.

O'Connor cascades three clubs in a late scene of Keaton in performance. Picking up three more, he hurls all six in the air, only to be showered by a hailstorm of about 20 clubs. Earlier, he does a nice single spin with a bouquet of flowers to a catch in a balance on the back of his hand.

The Butcher's Wife (1991)
[Demi Moore, Jeff Daniels, George Dzundza, Mary Steenburgen]

A clairvoyant thinks she's met her husband-to-be because she's seen him in her dreams. They marry quickly, and return to the husband's home in the city. She has a big impact on everyone she meets by anticipating their questions and actions and advising them on their love life. Her interference then brings her into contact with the real man of her dreams.

32 minutes into the movie, a guy does a 5-ball lift bounce in the background of a street scene, seen for about 3 seconds. He is out of sync as the camera picks him up, and he loses it completely on-screen. A white ball bounces away. Later, in the background, there is a guy juggling 3 rings, who drops. He is also seen juggling 3 torches for less than a second. Juggling by Mickey O'Connor.

Cadence (1991)
[Martin Sheen film; Charlie Sheen, Jay Brazeau, Matt Clark, Tom McBeath]

Charlie Sheen plays a rebellious inmate in an Army stockade.

There is a scene in the back of an army truck which has Charlie Sheen cascading 3 rolls of toilet paper. There may be another juggling scene earlier.

Caligula (1980)
[Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole]

The rise and fall of the notorious Roman Emperor Caligula, showing the violent methods that he employs to gain the throne, and the subsequent insanity of his reign - he gives his horse political office and humiliates and executes anyone who even slightly displeases him. He also sleeps with his sister, organizes elaborate orgies and embarks on a fruitless invasion of England before meeting an appropriate end. There are various versions of the film, ranging from the heavily truncated 90-minute version to the legendary 160-minute hardcore version which leaves nothing to the imagination (though the hardcore scenes were inserted later and do not involve the main cast members).

Two nearly naked men pass fire torches in the background of one scene.

Call Me (1988)
[Patricia Charbonneau, Stephen McHattie, Boyd Gaines, Sam Freed, Steve Buscemi, Patti D'Arbanville]

A journalist (Anna) receives an obscene phone call that she mistakes for her boyfriend. She then agrees to meet with the caller at a bar, but instead of meeting the boyfriend, she witnesses a murder.

Includes a ball juggler in a street scene.

Camelot (1967)
[Richard Harris, Vanessa Redgrave, Franco Nero, David Hemmings]

Romantic musical set in medieval times.

Reported to contain juggling.

Can't Stop the Music (1980)
[The Village People, Valerie Perrine, Bruce Jenner, Steve Guttenberg]

This is a pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

There is a 90 second scene in a casting office showing many variety acts auditioning. Included jugglers are Edward Jackman with 3 tennis racquets, Gene Jones with 3 balls, and James Marcel juggling 3 giant knives.

Carousel (1956)
[Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Barbara Ruick]

Billy is sent down "from above" for one day to try and make amends for mistakes he made in life. Billy worked at the carnival running the carousel, which is where he met Julie. The carny owner Mrs. Mullen fires him because of jealousy, and he and Julie get married. Billy gets into bad habits when he can't find a job and they are forced to live a meager existence on Julie's factory pay. When Julie tells him she's pregnant, he feels compelled to somehow find a way to support his family, but the only option seems to be falling back into crime with his old pal Jigger.

Harry Johnson is credited as the juggler.

Casablanca (1942)
[Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre]

Rick Blaine, who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Lazlo. Lazlo is a Resistance leader, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country - but will he?

In the opening scene at a bazaar, three balls are juggled for about 10 seconds in various patterns.

Cascading White Threads (1933)
[Takako Irie, Tokihiko Okada]

Original title was Taki No Shiraito. Silent Japanese film. Taki no Shiraito is a very independent young woman. She falls in love with an orphaned carriage driver Kinya Murakoshi, and pledges to put him through law school in Tokyo. She always encloses money in her letters to him, until one hard winter there is no work to be found.

Taki has a famous water juggling act in a traveling carnival troupe.

Casino (1995)
[Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci, James Woods, Don Rickles, Alan King]

Sam 'Ace' Rothstein, a mob-connected casino operator in Las Vegas, attempts a civilized lifestyle with his money-conditional wife, Ginger. Nicky Santoro, a boyhood friend of Ace and now a Made-Man of the Mafia, arrives in town with an ambitious agenda of his own that soon disrupts Ace's life. Before long, Ginger and her long-time leeching lover Lester, along with Nicky's mistakes, cause problems.

Robert DeNiro juggles three white balls for about 15 catches. Using several edits, he may have only gotten 4 or 5 throws at a time. The scene ends with him chasing the balls around the Las Vegas stage he's on. The credits list the excellent professional juggler Gil Dova, who may have only been used to teach DeNiro to juggle.

Cat People (1982)
[Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Annette O'Toole, Ruby Dee]

The Cat People originated way back in time, when humans sacrificed their women to Leopards, who mated with them. Cat People look similar to humans, but must mate with other Cat People. We follow brother and sister - who seem to be the only ones of their kind left.

This has a scene of about 30 seconds in which Nastassja Kinski does a very bad three ball cascade and half juggles 3 balls with Malcolm McDowell.

Chained for Life (1951)
[Violet Hilton, Daisy Hilton, Mario Laval]

Siamese twins, playthings of desire. The loves and lives of the Hilton sisters. A murder mystery.

Includes appearances by jugglers Whitey Roberts and Paul Gordon.

Champion Acrobats of China: Steel Silk (1992)
[cast unknown]

Film about the Chinese Acrobats, including routines that date back 2,500 years.

Includes a large troupe of excellent female diabolists. It shows at least six women doing some very fast work with the whistling diabolos. One girl has two other girls feed their diabolos onto her string so that three are running around in a tight circle. There are also some amazing rolling globe, unicycling, foot juggling, double foot juggling, trick roping, and other excellent acts.

The Champion (1915)
[Charles Chaplin, Bud Jamison, Lloyd Bacon, Edna Purviance, Leo White, Gilbert M. Anderson]

Walking along with his bulldog, Charlie finds a "good luck" horseshoe just as he passes a training camp advertising for a boxing partner "who can take a beating." After watching others lose, Charlie puts the horseshoe in his glove and wins. The trainer prepares Charlie to fight the world champion. A gambler wants Charlie to throw the fight. He and the trainer's daughter fall in love.

Contains a parody on club swinging.

Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)
[Warner Oland, Keye Luke, George and Olive Brasno, Francis Ford]

While ostensibly on vacation with his wife and twelve children, famed detective Charlie Chan visits a circus at just the right time to become involved in the murder of one of the circus owners. Chan is prevailed upon to travel with the circus in hopes of discovering the killer before he, she - or it - strikes again.

Reported to contain juggling.

Charlotte's Web (1973)
[Debbie Reynolds, Charles Nelson Reilly, Paul Lynde, Henry Gibson, Agnes Moorehead, Danny Bonaduce]

Animated version of E.B. White's story about a young pig that is saved from slaughter by a spider with a flare for promotion.

During a musical scene, a rat is eating everything in sight at a fair. He juggles some ridiculous number of pieces of fruit in the air in a shower pattern, and then throws them all up and catches them in his mouth.

Child's Cry (1986)
[Gilbert Cates film; Lindsay Wagner, Peter Coyote, Guy Boyd, Marlene Warfield]

Made for TV thriller about child-abuse.

Bob Mendelsohn and Dan McFeely pass 6 clubs and speak a bit, which they weren't supposed to be doing as extras, but which allowed them to join SAG as a result. The juggling scene had a withdrawn abuse victim show a bit of excitement in an otherwise dreary, withdrawn existence. Attracted by the skill and joy of Bob and Dan juggling at the L.A. zoo, our otherwise dreary tot shows a smile.

Chivalrous Deeds of a Nincompoop (1988)
[Carl Caldana, Suzie Marr, Glenn Havlan, John Brebner, Susan Zelinsky]

Our hero, the nincompoop, falls in love and gets involved in a crazy murder investigation in this film made in San Francisco.

Features 10-year-old Mark Bakalor who appears briefly at 18:49 in a scene at the child psychiatrist's office, providing comic distraction as the psychiatrist speaks with the hero. Mark is dumped out of a chair, then balances an umbrella, juggles 3 balls, and does a Groucho Marx impersonation. After the door is closed, you hear the sound of a slap come from inside, followed by Mark yelling, "Oww!"

This entire film may be viewed on YouTube.

Cinderella (1950)
[Walt Disney Productions]

Retelling of the fairy tale of the same name. Cinderella, adopted daughter of an upper-class lady, is made a slave in her own home. While her mother and ugly step-sisters are out at the royal ball she gets a surprise visit from a friend. (This may not be the version of Cinderella containing the juggling. See also The Glass Slipper (1955).)

There are 2 guys passing funky looking clubs, but the ungrateful audience decides to ignore them and focus on Cinderella coming down the stairs instead.

Circle of Iron (1979)
[David Carradine, Jeff Cooper, Christopher Lee, Roddy McDowall, Eli Wallach]

A young martial artist competes for and wins the right to go on a quest for the Book of All Knowledge held by a wizard named Zetan. Along the way, he meets strange enemies and allies - often having difficulty determining which is which.

Reported to contain juggling.

Circus Stars (1957)
[Leonid Kristi film]

USSR. Also known as "Artisty tsirka." This 61-minute Russian color documentary played throughout the United States in 1960. It showed some of the finest Soviet circus acts, backed by narration and music.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Circus (1928)
[Charles Chaplin]

Silent film, comedy, 75 minutes.

Chaplin cascades bread, sausage, and cheese.

Circus World (1964)
[Claudia Cardinale, Richard Conte, Rita Hayworth]

Circus owner Matt Masters is beset by disasters as he attempts a European tour of his circus. At the same time, he is caught in an emotional bind between his adopted daughter and her mother.

This scene lasts about a minute, and shows 3 men and a woman passing 12 clubs in a box pattern, as a woman walks through it. There is also a unicyclist juggling 3 clubs, and Miss Lani foot juggles.

Clash of the Titans (1981)
[Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress]

Perseus has to rescue Andromeda, before she has to marry a monster. Zeus has set up a few tests for Perseus on the way, like capturing Pegasus, defeating Medusa, and finding a way to kill the dreaded Kraken.

In a market scene, there is a brief shot of a man juggling three fire torches and a boy juggling three sticks.

A Close Shave (1995)
[Wallace & Gromit, Aardman Animations]

Wallace and Gromit become involved in a sheep rustling operation run from the local wool shop. Wallace falls for Wendolene, the shop owner, while Gromit is framed for the rustling by her pet dog.

A toy sheep that is shown in the foreground of the wool shop juggles about 6 balls in the time-honored pattern that people who can't juggle assume we all use, balls traveling in a perfect circle.

Cocktail (1988)
[Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown, Elisabeth Shue, Lisa Banes]

After leaving the army, Brian Flanigan tries to get a job in New York, but without a degree, this was not possible. He then decides to start studying for a business degree and gets a part time job as a bartender. He realizes its not that easy, but when boss Douglas Koglan teaches him the secrets of the trade they become the most famous bar-men in town.

There is some nice shaker cup manipulation performed by two bartenders.

College (1924)
[Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Flora Bramley, Harold Goodwin, Snitz Edwards]

Ronald's high school valedictory address praises books and condemns sports. His girlfriend Mary condemns his attitude. He fears losing her to rival Jeff, decides to go to college and pay more attention to sports.

Buster Keaton performs an extended juggling sequence.

The Color of Money (1986)
[Martin Scorsese film; Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver]

Pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson finds the young promising pool player Vincent in a local bar, and he sees in him a younger version of himself. To try and make it as in the old days, Eddie offers to teach Vincent how to be a hustler. After some hesitation, Vincent accepts, and Eddie takes him and Vincent's girlfriend Carmen on a tour through the country to work the pool halls. However, Vincent's tendency to show off his talent - and by doing so warning off the players and losing money - soon leads to a confrontation with Eddie.

Reported to contain juggling.

Columbo: The Juggler (1989)
[Peter Falk]

TV detective drama.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Comedy of Errors (1985)
[Karla Burns, Ethyl Eichelberger, Avner Eisenberg]

The Flying Karamazov Brothers take over the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center as they tell the story of the two sets of identical twins, separated long ago by a tragedy at sea, who grow up never knowing of the other, and accidentally meet up in the same town to the confusion of a wife, a courtesan, three or four merchants, and their own parents.

Much juggling and other circus skills throughout, by the FKB's and others. Appearing as the Flying Karamazov Brothers were Tim Furst, Paul Magid, Randy Nelson, Howard Patterson, and Sam Williams. Others who juggled were Avner Eisenberg, Derique McGee, Wendy Parkman, Rosalinda Rojas, Daniel Mankin, Jeff Raz, and Mark Sackett.

Comrades (1987)
[Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Field, John Hargreaves, Robert Stephens]

The story of "The Tolpuddle Martyrs." A group of 19th century English farm laborers who formed one of the first trade unions and started a campaign to receive fair wages.

John Rafter Lee is credited as a juggler.

The Conqueror (1956)
[Dick Powell film; John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendariz, Agnes Moorehead]

Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.

Contains juggling of flaming torches.

Cool Hand Luke (1960)
[Paul Newman, George Kennedy, J.D. Cannon, Strother Martin]

Luke is sent to a prison camp, where he gets a reputation as a hard man. The head of the gang hates him, and tries to break him by beating him up. It doesn't work, and he gains respect. His mother dies, and he escapes, but is caught, escapes again, and is caught again. Will the camp bosses ever break him?

As the camera moves along a prison corridor, on the left there's someone juggling with his back to the camera.

Il Corsaro nero (1971)
[Vincent Thomas film; Terence Hill, Silvia Monti, George Martin, Diana Lorys]

Italy. The Black Pirate is a Spanish nobleman who has sworn to kill the Viceroy of the island, whose rule there has been oppressive. Sword fights and battles abound as he seeks to fulfill his pledge while continuing his work as a pirate.

There's a juggling scene in a marketplace.

Crossed Swords (1978)
[Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine, George C. Scott, Rex Harrison]

Tom Canty is a poor English boy who bears a remarkable resemblance to Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Henry VIII. The two boys meet and decide to play a joke on the court by dressing in each other's clothes, but the plan goes awry when they are separated and each must live the other's life.

Reported to contain juggling.

Dad (1989)
[Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis]

Jake Tremont is about to go into surgery. He's 75 and scared, and feeling that he might have only these last few moments left to live, he wants to make some peace with his son, John, who is standing by his bedside.

Ted Danson cascades three balls briefly during a montage of waiting.

Daydreams (1922)
[Buster Keaton, Renie Adorie, Joe Keaton, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline]

Buster goes away to the city to prove to his girl's father he can succeed. He writes her of his various jobs, which she glorifies in her imagination. She sees a surgeon, he is a vet's assistant; she sees him cleaning up on Wall Street, he's really a janitor.

Buster Keaton performs some minor juggling bits.

Days of Heaven (1978)
[Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz, Robert J. Wilke]

Bill and Abby a young couple who pretend to be brother and sister are living and working in Chicago at the beginning of the century. They find employment on a farm in Texas. The rich and handsome farmer invites them to stay because he has fallen in love with Abby.

Sam Shepard shortly cascades three potatoes after 40 minutes.

Dear God (1996)
[Gary Marshall film; Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Hector Elizondo]

When letters written to God start getting results, and replies, people everywhere are amazed. The Post Office however is annoyed.

75-year-old Bud Markowitz appears dressed in biker gear, juggling, and saying, "I need a new hog."

De-Lovely (2004)
[Irwin Winkler film; Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd]

De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and popular hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-Lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light--including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter.

This is a very "classic musical theater" themed film. 3-ball juggling appears at a number of places throughout the film, though never prominently. Kevin Kline is shown briefly juggling 3 balls.

Destry Rides Again (1939)
[Marlene Dietrich, James Stewart, Charles Winninger, Mischa Auer, Brian Donlevy]

Kent, the unscrupulous boss of Bottleneck has Sheriff Keogh killed when he asks one too many questions about a rigged poker game that gives Kent a stranglehold over the local cattle rangers.

Several performers appear on stage briefly, including jugglers Loren B. Brown and Harold DeGarro. One of the jugglers does three balls, the other one spins a tray on his finger.

Diary of a Hit Man (1991)
[Roy London film; Forest Whitaker, Sherilyn Fenn, Sharon Stone, Seymour Cassel, James Belushi]

Hitman Dekker is on his last job, out to kill the wife (Jain) of his client, but he starts to waiver. The longer he takes to do the job the more difficult it becomes.

Juggler Bruce Manners appears briefly.

¡Dispara! (1993)
[Carlos Saura film; Antonio Banderas, Francesca Neri, Walter Vidarte, Eulalia Ramón]

Spain/Italy. Also known as "Shoot!" and "Outrage." Cynical newshound Marco Vallez (Antonio Banderas) discovers his latent romantic instincts stirred at the circus by Italian-born sharpshooter Ana (Francesca Neri). They commence an affair, but while Marco toils out of town on assignment Ana is brutally raped by three itinerant laborers. Badly injured and still in shock, Ana tracks down the trio to a garage and cold-bloodedly guns them down. Hunted by police and pilloried in the tabloids, Ana nearly runs down a child, then takes the boy's family hostage in their home. Pressured by his editor to put a personal spin on the now-notorious Ana's standoff, reporter Marco refuses and races to save his lover's life.

There's a juggler on a unicycle in one scene.

Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (1981)
[Emir Kusturica film; Ljiljana Blagojevic, Slobodan Aligrudic, Slavko Stimac]

Yugoslavia. Also known as "Sjecas Li Se Dolly Bell?" and "Erinnerst Du Dich an Dolly Bell?" Young pop singer hastens to grow up in the workers' paradise of 60's Yugoslavia. This surreal social comedy has a grim edge. His workers' state is a perpetual shadow world, where progress is measured by the number of years it takes to move into a new apartment or the few inches of flesh a stripper reveals in the light of a miner's lamp.

After 86 minutes a woman juggles three clubs for about 5 seconds.

Doctor Dolittle (1967)
[Rex Harrison, Anthony Newley, Samantha Eggar]

Doctor Dolittle is a world-reknowned veterinarian who speaks a wide array of animal languages. He sets off from his home in Puddleby-by-the-Marsh, England, in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

There is a little circus going on and there are two or three jugglers in the background juggling clubs.

The Doctor (1991)
[William Hurt, Christine Lahti, Elizabeth Perkins, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin]

Jack McKee is a doctor with it all. He's successful, he's rich, and he has no problems, until he is diagnosed with throat cancer. Now that he has seen medicine, hospitals, and doctors from a patient's perspective, he realizes that there is more to being a doctor than surgery and prescription.

Mandy Patinkin juggles three golf balls at a nurses' station.

The Dolly Sisters (1945)
[Betty Grable, John Payne, June Haver, S.Z. Sakall, Reginald Gardiner]

In 1904, Uncle Latsie comes to New York from Hungary with two little nieces, who immediately take to cafe dancing. To pay Uncle's card debts they decide to go into vaudeville. Lots of songs with a little story.

George Davis plays a French juggler.

Double Obsession (1994)
[Margaux Hemingway, Maryam d'Abo, Frederic Forrest, Scott Valentine]


Kevin Durkin is credited as the juggler.

Double Trouble (1967)
[Norman Taurog film; Elvis Presley, Annette Day, John Williams, Yvonne Romain]

Elvis goes to England in this musical. There the handsome "King" helps a beautiful British heiress out of a bind involving two jewel thieves and the police. He does so because the fleeing thieves stashed their loot in his luggage. Mayhem, music, and ultimately romance ensues.

After 50 minutes, we see some club passing at a fairground. Two minutes later there is torch passing and torch swinging in the background.

Les Douze travaux d'Astérix (1975)
[René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo film]

France. Also known as "The Twelve Tasks of Asterix." Animation based on comic strip.

Five minutes before the end, the Gallic fish merchant showers three fish, while the person behind him showers some hoops. In the middle of the "Circus Maximus" in Rome, other Gallic people also display circus arts.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
[John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst, Charles Lane]

Dr. Henry Jekyll believes there are two distinct sides to men - good and evil. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde, who commits horrendous crimes.

Reported to contain juggling.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
[Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp]

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone. Experiments reveal his evil side, named Hyde. Experience teaches him how evil Hyde can be. He kills Ivy who earlier expressed interest in Jekyll, and Sir Charles, Jekyll's fiancee's father.

Reported to contain juggling.

Dragons Forever (1987)
[Jackie Chan, Pauline Yeung, Samo Hung, Biao Yuen, Benny Urquidez]

Also known as "Fei long meng jiang." Lawyer Jackie represents the insidious interests of an illegal narcotics manufacturer. It seems these drug lords are dumping waste into a local pond and the pond's matriarch is suing. But when he falls for a beautiful woman out to stop the plant, Jackie is torn in a conflict of interest and asks his trusty friends Samo and Biao to help out. Torn between love and the law, Jackie and his clan solve the dilemma the only way they know how, by beating the bad guys into plasma.

Pauline Yeung is Jackie Chan's romantic interest. She juggles three oranges while they cook, until he throws an onion at her, messing up her pattern. He then teases her because he made her look foolish. This features some fantastic stunts and fight sequences, and is a must see for any Jackie Chan aficionado.

Dragonslayer (1981)
[Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, Peter Eyre, Albert Salmi]

A king has made a pact with a dragon that he sacrifices virgins to, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. An old wizard and his keen young apprentice offer to kill the dragon and attempt to save the next virgin in line - the King's own daughter.

Peter MacNicol juggles at a village celebration.

Drop Zone (1994)
[Wesley Snipes, Gary Busey]

A team of skydiving crooks led by DEA-agent-turned-bad Busey specialize in landing on police roofs and breaking in so their evil computer nerd can steal undercover agents' files and sell them to drug lords.

In one scene that takes place in Washington, there's a nice lingering view of Adam Zimman standing in the reflecting pool juggling 3 torches.

Drowning by Numbers (1987)
[Joan Plowright, Juliet Stevenson, Joely Richardson, Bernard Hill]

Three generations of women, a mother, her daughter and her niece - all called Cissie Colpitts - experience dissatisfaction with their husbands and cause them to drown. The local coroner, an inveterate game player called Madgett, is drawn into a plot to disguise the murders. The story is paced by the numbers one to one hundred, which appear sequentially through the film.

Someone is juggling three balls in the background of one scene. It is near the end of the wedding party around the middle of the movie.

Die Dumme Augustine (1993)
[Juraj Herz film; Bernhard Paul, Therese Herz, Michael Matatko, Michaele Urbanova]

Czech Republic.

This film has several juggling scenes. Near the beginning is ring juggling. 15 minutes into the film, Therese Herz juggles with 3 hot dumplings. Soon after, a club juggler appears. After another 15 minutes, Herz juggles three hot eggs, and a few minutes after that, three apples. Finally, ball jugglers appear in two additional scenes.

Edvard Munch (1976)
[Gro Fraas, Geir Westby]

Biography of the Norwegian Expressionist artist.

Reported to contain juggling.

Die Eisprinzessin (1995)
[Katarina Witt, Christopher Barker, Vernon Dobtcheff, Daniela Lunkewitz, Rosalynn Sumners, Toller Cranston]

This is another variation of the Cinderella story. The bright and beautiful Ella lives in the household of a lord since her mother died. She's unhappy because the lord's daughters treat her like their servant. The country has problems, because the prince is a dreamer and doesn't realize that his chancellor abuses his power. When the day nears that the prince is forced by law to find a wife, a celebration on a frozen lake is arranged. Ella manages to skate on the lake for him too, hiding her identity. The prince falls in love with her, so he tries to find her. His chancellor attempts to hinder them, since he knows about Ella's critical thoughts.

21 minutes into the film, there's torch passing in the background at a medieval ice feast.

Les Enfants du paradis (1945)
[Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casarès, Gaston Modot]

France. Also known as "Children of Paradise." This film usually appears in every list of the top five films ever made. The protagonist is a mime, but don't hold it against him. He works at the Funambules in Paris. It seems that at some stage a century or two ago, theatre was made illegal in Paris. To get around this, theatre shows were performed on a tightrope, since circus and vaudeville weren't illegal.

There's a fair bit of peripheral juggling and various other circus skills in this amazing film.

The Escape Artist (1982)
[Raul Julia, Griffin O'Neal, Desi Arnaz, Teri Garr, Joan Hackett]

The young and self-confident Danny (Griffin O'Neal) bluffs at the local police station that he will escape out of prison within one hour. What follows is a flashback about his childhood with his uncle and aunt, who are vaudeville artists themselves. We also follow the problems of Danny with the corrupt son of the mayor (Raul Julia).

Griffin O'Neal does some juggling.

Excess Baggage (1928)
[William Haines, Josephine Dunn, Neely Edwards, Kathleen Clifford]

Silent Comedy.

Reported to contain juggling.

Exit to Eden (1994)
[Gary Marshall film; Dana Delany, Paul Mercurio, Rosie O'Donnell, Dan Aykroyd]

Elliot is going to the island of Eden to live out his submissive fantasies, but inadvertently photographs diamond smugglers at work. Smugglers and detectives follow him to the island, where they try to retrieve the film. Elliot begins falling in love with Lisa, the head mistress of the island, and Lisa must evaluate her feelings about Elliot and her own motivations.

Bud Markowitz juggles 5 Ben-Wa balls. Later, 2 people are juggling 3 clubs each.

The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave (2000)
[Bob Einstein, Dan Hedaya, Gia Carides]

Super Dave Osborne, our accident-prone stuntman hero, comes out of a self-imposed retirement to raise money for his new girlfriend's son's heart operation.

Reported to contain juggling.

Fanny (1961)
[Joshua Logan film; Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer]

Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille and he longs for the sea. As he is leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, and he discovers that he is in love with her. He must choose between an exciting life at sea, and a boring life with the woman he loves. And Fanny must choose between keeping the man she loves, and letting him live the life he seems to want.

A clown is seen juggling 3 clubs in several very brief scenes at an outdoor party near the end of the film.

Fantastic Animation Festival (1977)

A collection of fourteen award winning animated short films.

Reported to contain juggling.

Fast, Cheap & Out of Control (1997)
[Errol Morris film; Dave Hoover, George Mendonga, Ray Mendez, Rodney Brooks]

What do an elderly topiary gardener, a retired lion tamer, a man fascinated by mole rats, and a cutting-edge robotics designer have in common? Both nothing and everything in this unconventional documentary. These four separate and highly specialized subjects are presented and interrelated in this study of humanity, raising questions about the future of mankind.

The segments on the lion tamer include scenes at the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, with club swinging, club passing, and torch juggling.

The Fat Man (1951)
[J. Scott Smart, Julie London, Rock Hudson, Clinton Sundberg, Jayne Meadows]

An innocent dentist is murdered, the only apparent motive to steal a set of dental x-rays. To the police it looks like an accident, so Jane Adams, loyal dental assistant, consults massive private eye Brad Runyan.

Reported to contain juggling.

Fatal Instinct (1993)
[Carl Reiner film; Armand Assante, Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, Sean Young]

A spoof of the late 80s and early 90s suspense thrillers and murder mysteries, including Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. A man leads a dual life. As a cop, he arrests criminals, and then defends them as an attorney. He is seduced by a woman while his wife is having an affair with a mechanic. Lots of other subplots and visual gags in the style of Naked Gun.

Deon Aumaier is the torch juggler in the background of one scene. The movie originally included a great sight gag where the waiter bumped into the juggler, causing him to catch the torches on the wrong end. Then, after burning his hands, the juggler ran to grasp the breasts of the mermaid ice statue centerpiece. Unfortunatley, this scene ended up on the cutting room floor.

Fear (1990)
[Ally Sheedy, Lauren Hutton, Michael O'Keefe, Stan Shaw, Dean Goodman, Dina Merrill]

Psychic Ally Sheedy helps police solve murders by mentally linking with the murderer. Then she discovers a murderer with the same talent, who wants to share the fear of his victims with her.

Near the end, during the showdown at the fairground, Ally Sheedy passes by a three ball juggler seen in the background.

Finders Keepers (1984)
[Richard Lester film; Michael O'Keefe, Beverly D'Angelo, Louis Gossett Jr., Pamela Stephenson]

On the run from the police and a female roller derby team, scam artist Michael Rangeloff steals a coffin and boards a train, pretending to be a soldier bringing home a dead war buddy. He gets more than he bargained for from the train and the coffin.

Michael O'Keefe juggles three oranges (cascade and chops) quite relaxed in a train.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
[Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, Stockard Channing, Debbie Allen]

The Pittsburgh basketball team is hopeless. Maybe with the aid of an astrologer, and some new astrologically compatible players, they can become winners.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
[Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon]

Twelfth century Lombardy lies under the iron heel of German overlord Count Ulrich, The Hawk, but in the mountains, guerrillas yet resist. Lighthearted swashbuckling, plus romantic interludes with lovely hostage Anne.

Circus arts are used to fight the evil tyrant. Starting about 69 minutes into the movie, there are several juggling bits during the next 13 minutes. First, 3 club passers appear. Then a balance trick. Then, in the background, we see 3 balls in a cascade and 3 clubs in columns. Finally, someone uses shoulder chops with clubs to knock out his enemies.

The Flirt (1917)
[Harold Lloyd]

One-reeler silent comedy.

Reported to contain juggling.

For Hope (1996)
[Dana Delany, Henry Czerny]

A TV movie about the life and death of a young woman who suffered from scleroderma, and how she and her family coped.

In an early scene Hope and a friend are walking at a carnival, and she had the first attack of her disease right after walking by someone who was juggling clubs.

For the Boys (1991)
[Bette Midler, James Caan, George Segal, Patrick O'Neal]

With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard, entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II. Becoming a perfect team they tour from North Africa to the Pacific to act for "the boys."

As James Caan and Bette Midler are walking backstage at a TV show, the camera backs up, and clubs start passing across in front of them. The clubs are dropped immediately and James Caan disgustedly kicks one away and says to one of the jugglers, "What are you, blind!?"

Forbidden Zone (1980)
[Richard Elfman film; Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Gisele Lindley]

The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement.

A juggler appears very briefly in the very last scene of the movie.

Frankie and Johnny (1991)
[Gary Marshall film; Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hector Elizondo, Nathan Lane]

Johnny has just been released from prison, and gets a job in a cafe beside waitress Frankie. Frankie is a bit of a loner, but Johnny is determined their romance will blossom.

Bud Markowitz is one of the regular cafe customers, who juggles oranges at a table to get vitamin C.

Freddy, Tiere, Sensationen (1964)
[Freddy Quinn, Josef Albrecht, Rudolf Platte, Erna Sellmer, Marisa Solinas]

Germany. Circus drama.

There are two juggling scenes, mostly obscured in the background. After 46 minutes an acrobat spins rings while doing a handstand. 13 minutes later, there's a club juggler.

Friday the 13th, Part 3 (1982)
[Jeffrey Rogers, Gloria Charles, Rachel Howard, Steve Susskind]

Having escaped in the last episode, Jason is back, hockey mask and all, to continue his murderous rampage across Crystal Lake.

This movie, originally in 3-D, has about 90 seconds of simple juggling. Larry Zerner plays Shelly, a chubby guy who juggles 3 balls on a beach, and later competes with the handsome lead played by Jeffrey Rogers to see who can juggle the longest. Zerner does 3 apples in a shower, sometimes viewed from just above the pattern for optimal 3-D effect. Rogers does a 3 ball cascade. 2 girls look on in pained boredom. One tells Rogers that she can think of better things he could be doing with his hands. He immediately drops, declares Zerner the winner, and heads off with the girl to a bedroom.

Friendly Persuasion (1956)
[Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Marjorie Main, Anthony Perkins]

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

About 30 minutes into the film, the Quaker family goes to a fun-fair. In the background some clubs are being juggled. In the last scene at the fun-fair, a man juggles rings briefly.

The Frighteners (1996)
[Peter Jackson film; Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin, Jeffrey Combs, Dee Wallace-Stone]

A psychic private detective who consorts with deceased souls becomes engaged in a mystery as members of the town community begin dying mysteriously. While investigating, he is aided by a friendly doctor who believes in his psychic abilities and is hindered by a crazed G-man, a woman involved in an old serial killing, and what may be the spirit of Death itself.

At the start of a scene in a Renaissance-themed restaurant, the camera pans across a juggler in the foreground, played by Stephen Aitken, cascading three clubs.

The Fugitive (1993)
[Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore]

Dr. Richard Kimble comes home to find an intruder has murdered his wife. The police fail to find any evidence to back the doctor's story, and he is convicted of his wife's murder. On route to the prison, Kimble has the chance to escape. He uses this opportunity to find the real killer. Hunting Kimble is a persistent US marshal.

Has a very short scene, shot at a Saint Patrick's Day parade in Chicago, with two 3-club jugglers. One doing single spins gets a close-up, the other in the background does double spins.

The Full Monty (1997)
[Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof]

U.K. Six unemployed steel workers, inspired by the Chippendale's dancers, form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

A store clerk juggles three brushes. Later he is referred to as "that jooglin' booger."

Funny Bones (1995)
[Oliver Platt, Jerry Lewis, Lee Evans, Leslie Caron, Oliver Reed]

Tommy Fawkes wants to be a successful comedian but his Las Vegas debut is a failure. He goes back to England, where his comedian father started, and where he spent the summers of his childhood. He starts to search for a partner, a comic relief, with whom he can be famous.

Many variety acts are seen briefly, including juggler Laci Endresz, Jr. The dazzling clown George Carl appears here as half of a fictional comedy team, the Parker Brothers, along with British stand-up comic Freddie Davies. Carl does some hat tricks, and Carl and Davies do some plate manipulation. In another scene there are three male unicyclists in tutus, riding in a cascade pattern.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
[Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford]

Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome who has but one wish, to purchase his freedom. He concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure a beautiful girl for young Hero.

The big military guy, Miles Gloriosus, orders an orgy for 40 men and part of the entertainment is a juggler. 3-ball cascade, then ping pong balls with his mouth. Don't watch this if you don't like slapstick or many female bosoms.

Futureworld (1976)
[Peter Fonda, Blythe Danner, Arthur Hill, Yul Brynner, Stuart Margolin]

Two reporters, Chuck and Tracy, get a message from a third one who discovered something about Futureworld and becomes killed before he could tell anyone about it. They visit Futureworld to find out what he knew.

18 minutes from the start of the film, a jester juggles 3 apples in a medieval scene.

Gas (1981)
[Susan Anspach, Howie Mandel, Sterling Hayden]

Susan Anspach stars in this comedy as a news reporter who investigates a story about stolen milk causing milk and gas prices to rise. During the course of her investigation, other people become involved, culminating in a multiple car chase.

There is some 2 ball juggling and unicycling.

Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky (1994)
[Wim Wenders film; Udo Kier, Otto Kuhnle, Christoph Merg]

Germany. Also known as "Trick of the Light."

Eugen, who can juggle, joins a circus in the first act. In the second act, Eugen juggles instead of Paul Petras, and even has to save the show with his juggling at the Wintergarten in Berlin.

George of the Jungle (1997)
[Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Richard Roundtree, John Cleese]

Heiress Ursula Stanhope treks off to Africa for adventure, and to get away from fiance Lyle Vandergroot. He follows her anyway. Ursula is rescued from a lion attack by George, who whisks her to his jungle tree house. There they are smitten by each other. Returning with her to San Francisco, it is George's turn to be bewildered by the urban jungle. Meanwhile, Lyle and his devious trackers pursue schemes of their own to kidnap George's elephant "doggie."

Brendan Fraser juggles three apples in a cascade and a half shower, or juggler's tennis, using a smooth low pattern.

G.I. Blues (1960)
[Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, Robert Ivers]

In Frankfurt, the G.I. Tulsa McLean bets all the money his friends Cookie and Rick and he are saving to buy a night-club of their own in USA that his mate Dynamite will seduce and spend a night with the untouchable cabaret dancer Lili. When Dynamite is transferred to Alaska, Tulsa has to replace him in the bet, but he falls for Lili and tries to call off the game.

Hugh Manning juggles.

The Giant of Thunder Mountain (1991)
[Richard Kiel, Foster Brooks, Ellen Crawford, Noley Thornton]

United States. Drama. Filmed in Yosemite National Park.

Greg Kovacevich, from Fresno, California, juggles in the carnival scene.

Goldland - Abenteuer unter brasilianischen Goldsuchern (1995)
[Herbert Brödl film; Pedro García, José Alves, Divina Clemente, Tacito Rocha, Rocilda Sylvia]

Germany. Gold-digger docu-drama.

After 70 minutes, there is a very brief scene with three clubs.

Grand Slam Opera (1936)
[Buster Keaton, Diana Lewis, Harold Goodwin, John Ince, Melrose Coakley]

The story follows Buster as a hopeful who wants to win a prize by juggling on a radio amateur show, which is, of course, no less absurd than Edgar Bergen's ventriloquism on the radio.

Buster Keaton performs a comic juggling routine.

Great Balls of Fire! (1989)
[Dennis Quaid, Winona Ryder, John Doe, Stephen Tobolowsky, Trey Wilson]

The story of Jerry Lee Lewis, arguably the greatest and certainly one of the wildest musicians of the 1950s. His arrogance, remarkable talent, and unconventional lifestyle often brought him into conflict with others in the industry, and even earned him the scorn and condemnation of the public.

Three rings are cascaded during a drive past the high school.

The Great Flamarion (1945)
[Erich von Stroheim, Mary Beth Hughes, Dan Duryea, Steve Barclay]

Flamarion, an expert marksman, entertains people in a show featuring a beautiful woman and her alcoholic husband. Flamarion and Connie fall in love and decide to get rid of her husband.

Some juggling by Red Johnson.

The Great John L. (1945)
[Wallace Ford, Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Robert Barrat, Jerry Maren]

Biography of John L. Sullivan.

Some juggling by Red Johnson.

The Great Wallendas (1978)
[Lloyd Bridges, Britt Ekland, William Sadler, Cathy Rigby]

Story of the Wallenda circus family.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
[Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, Dorothy Lamour]

To ensure a profitable season, circus manager Brad Braden engages The Great Sebastian, though this moves his girlfriend Holly from her hard-won center trapeze spot. Holly and Sebastian begin a dangerous one-upmanship duel in the ring, while he pursues her on the ground.

Opens with Massimiliano Truzzi juggling 3 clubs in a parade, with several under the leg throws. He is later seen juggling 5 clubs briefly. Just after this, Veronica Martell force bounces five balls, and forces them up into a cascade in the air. A devil stick is used briefly in the background. There are also good views of some excellent foot juggling by Miss Lani and two other women.

The Green Man (1990)
[Albert Finney, Linda Marlowe, Sarah Berger, Michael Hordern]

Maurice Allington, the alcoholic, sexually promiscuous, and unappealing lead character owns a country inn called "The Green Man." He frightens and regales his guests, when he's not trying to seduce them, with tales of ghosts and spirits haunting his hotel. A ghost story for adults.

Albert Finney juggles three eggs while making breakfast.

Griff nach den Sternen (1955)
[Helmut Käutner and Carl-Heinz Schroth film; Erik Schumann, Liselotte Pulver, Anna-Maria Sandri]

Germany. Also known as "Reach for the Stars."

A juggler wants to throw seven balls and have them remain in the air for a second, like the stars in the Big Bear. There are several minutes of juggling seen throughout the movie, including a cascade with 5 large balls, nice tricks with three large balls, some work with a mouth-stick, and up to 7 small balls. Juggling scenes by Toni Wells. Actor Erik Schumann juggles three large balls and small balls. Freddy Zay is credited as "artistical advisor."

Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
[George Kennedy, Monte Markham, James Whitmore, Joe Don Baker, Reni Santoni]

Third sequel to popular action/adventure finds the seven trying to free a Mexican revolutionary. Plenty of action to please genre buffs, fans of series, though this is familiar territory.

After about 40 minutes, there is a club juggler in the background at a fair.

Hair (1979)
[John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, Annie Golden]

This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the sixties, tells the story of Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to Vietnam.

Michael Moschen does a few seconds of torch swinging at the beginning of the film, in a tunnel. Moschen is not seen, just the fire.

Halloweentown High (2004)
[Kimberly J. Brown, Debbie Reynolds, Judith Hoag]

Marnie and her friends from Halloweentown are back in this made-for-cable feature. Marnie is a teenage witch living with her family of supernatural beings in the village of Halloweentown. Marnie and her pals are interested in attending high school in the nearby mortal community, where they'll be able to spend more time with kids their age, and with the help of her grandmother Aggie, she's able to convince the town council to go along with the suggestion. However, there's a catch -- if anything dangerous happens as a result of their presence in the mortal school, Marnie and her friends will lose their magical talents. Trouble does make its way to the school, but not in a way anyone expected -- the Knight of the Iron Dagger comes to the mortal world determined to wipe out Marnie and her magical companions.

Brent Johnson juggles torches in the initial Halloween carnival fly-through scene. As the scene progresses and the haunted house mannequins are brought to life, a zombie chases the juggler away, and a torch is dropped, which is then used to set a booth on fire.

Hamlet (1990)
[Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm]

Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies. His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet's uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia. But soon the ghost of Hamlet's father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude. Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy.

About halfway through, during the festivities surrounding the play Hamlet created to expose his murdering uncle, we see a trio of jugglers passing nine torches in a triangle pattern very briefly.

Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
[Danny Kaye, Farley Granger, Zizi Jeanmaire, Joseph Walsh]

A completely fabricated biography of the famous Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, featuring several of his stories and a ballet performance of "The Little Mermaid."

In a scene where Hans is in jail, he looks out the window and sees a little girl who is carrying a red diabolo and hand sticks.

Happy Together (1989)
[Patrick Dempsey, Helen Slater, Dan Schneider, Kevin Hardesty, Brad Pitt]

Christopher is an ambitious college freshman, striving to become a writer. Through a computer fault he's assigned the same room as Alex, a real party freak and - a girl! He's annoyed and tries to get a different room as soon as possible, but when he gets to know her, he also starts to like her. She not only improves his sex life, but also his writing skills.

Patrick Dempsey rides a unicycle briefly and cascades three balls. At age 15 in 1982, Dempsey tied for 2nd place in the IJA Juniors Championship, losing to 8-year-old Anthony Gatto.

Hardware (1990)
[Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, William Hootkins, Iggy Pop]

A wandering soldier finds a robot head in the post-apocalyptic desert. He brings it back to his girlfriend for use in one of her sculptures. He investigates the origin of the head, and discovers it's from the Mark 13 project, canceled because of unreliability. His girlfriend becomes endangered when the robot puts itself back together using parts she has for her sculptures.

A diaboloist is glimpsed as Dylan McDermott walks in the city.

Harlekin (1931)
[Lotte Reiniger film]

Germany. Animated silhouette film. 24 minutes, to baroque music.

After a few minutes Harlekin does a shower pattern with various objects.

Das Haus in Montevideo (1963)
[Helmut Käutner film; Heinz Rühmann, Paul Dahlke, Ruth Leuwerik, Michael Verhoeven]


A woman juggles two rings during the arrival in Montevideo.

Heavenly Creatures (1994)
[Peter Jackson film; Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent]

New Zealand. Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship.

There is brief juggling of three oranges in a dream sequence with earthen people in medieval outfits.

Hellzapoppin (1941)
[H.C. Potter film; Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Mischa Auer, Martha Raye]

Crazy as hell, at 100 miles an hour, loaded with sight gags that sometimes work and sometimes fall as flat as a burned pancake; but the feeling is surprisingly contemporary. The story begins in Purgatory, with Olsen and Johnson jumping in and out of a story that's barely there, basically a little romance tale of poor boy meets rich girl and wins her heart after putting on the traditional show. O. and J. constantly argue with the film's director and cameraman on camera about the restraints put upon them while mindless mayhem ensues - someone constantly yelling "Jones!" for no good reason; Auer, a rich count, chasing Martha Raye about madly, and vice versa.

Near the beginning of the film, two devils pass three flaming torches while three other devils run through their pattern. Also features other specialty acts.

Her Alibi (1989)
[Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels, James Farentino]

A writer of bad detective novels has writer's block. He pretends to be the alibi of a beautiful woman who was arrested for murder, at first thinking her innocent. But as she shows more and more interesting abilities - such as knife throwing - he begins to doubt his first assessment. He is still falling for her, but more and more nervous as time passes, and there are more close calls with death on his part.

Laura Green did stand-in juggling and taught Tom Selleck and Paulina Porizkova to juggle. Throughout the grand finale during a clown meeting, there is quite a lot juggling in the background, including brief bits of club juggling and passing as well as ball spinning. One of the "evil enemies" even gets knocked out by a dozen clubs.

Her Majesty, Love (1931)
[Marilyn Miller, Ben Lyon, W.C. Fields, Ford Sterling, Leon Errol]

Romance develops between a humble girl and a blue-blooded German heir. The two decide to wed. They hold a dinner party to celebrate their engagement. There, his stuffy parents are shocked and appalled by the girl's father. Naturally the wealthy family insures that the lovers break up.

About 35 minutes into the movie, the wealthy Von Wellingens are shocked when the father of their son's fiancee (W.C. Fields) begins his juggling act at the table, juggling 3 plates and then 3 dinner rolls at a formal dinner.

Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (1994)
[Kevin Sorbo, Anthony Quinn, Renée O'Connor, Robert Trebor, Eric Close]

Mythological adventure.

In the first town, a man juggles knives.

His Lordship's Dilemma (1915)
[Edwin Middleton film; W.C. Fields]

10 minutes. (Prints of this film no longer exist.)

This film is said to have included Field's first recorded golfing routine.

Hohe Schule (1934)
[Erich Engel film; Rudolf Forster, Paul Henreid, Hans Moser, Angela Salloker]

Germany. Also known as "College."

There are many short juggling sequences during the opening titles. After about 10 minutes, a man and a girl juggle with three hats and three clubs, and later with three large umbrellas and three hats.

Hollywood Varieties (1950)
[Robert Alda, Glenn Vernon, Edward Ryan, Britt Wood, Peggy Stewart]

Robert Alda is the Master of Ceremonies for this variety show, featuring the Hoosier Hot Shots, Shaw & Lee, The 3 Rio Brothers, Whirl, Twirl & A Girl, The Four Dandies, and several individual acts.

Performing acrobatics and juggling are the Depina Troupe, made up of Frank Gil, Ted Gutierrez, Abel Pina, Tony Pina, Jerry Pina, Dorothy Pina, and Paul Gordon.

Hook (1991)
[Steven Spielberg film; Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts]

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts).

Someone juggles 3 torches in a very crowded dock scene.

Hot Moves (1985)
[Michael Zorek, Adam Silbar, Jeff Fishman, Johnny Timko, Jill Schoelen]

Fat kid watches girls on the beach with a telescope.

Many street performers appear, including Robert Gruenberg, the Chain Saw Juggler.

Hot Pursuit (1987)
[John Cusack, Robert Loggia, Jerry Stiller, Wendy Gazelle, Monte Markham, Shelley Fabares]

Young Danny is following his rich girlfriend's family to the Caribbean. But suddenly he must take a chemistry test and cannot go with them. After they have left, he gets a leave from his professor and takes a plane to find them. But he is not quite sure where they are, and meets smugglers, crazy captains and murderers.

About 18 minutes into the film, someone juggles three knives.

House Calls (1978)
[Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney, Richard Benjamin]

Charley is a surgeon who recently lost his wife. He embarks on a tragicomic romantic quest with one woman after another until he meets up with Ann, a singular woman, closer to his own age, who immediately and unexpectedly captures his heart.

About a half hour into the film, before dinner, Charles Matthau (as Ann's son) juggles three lemons for about 20 seconds in the kitchen.

House of Wax (1953)
[Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni]

In order to rebuild his wax museum after a fire, Professor Henry Jarrod has resorted to using human bodies covered with wax. One visitor is convinced that the "Joan of Arc" is in fact the body of a friend, which had been stolen from the morgue. Originally in 3-D.

There are two or three 2 minute sequences of master paddleball artist Reggie Rymal doing two paddleball tricks, catching the balls in his mouth, doing a rock the baby in the cradle move, and more.

How I Got Into College (1989)
[Anthony Edwards, Corey Parker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Finn Carter]

The simple story of two young Michigan high school students attempt to get into a small Pennsylvania college. Jennifer is class president, local smart girl, and object of Marlon's affections. Jennifer fights off her parent's expectation of going to their alma mater of the University of Michigan, while Marlon fights his grades and SAT scores.

Corey Parker juggles three oranges in his bedroom very smoothly, and then, as part of a video he makes to get into college, he juggles torches. He then tosses one over his shoulder and makes the whole set go up in flames.

How the West Was Won (1962)
[John Wayne, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck]

The history of western expansion in the United States, as told by the story of one pioneer family's history. Zebulon Prescott takes his family from New York, heading west in the early 1800s. His children and grandchildren eventually reach the western shore after years of hardship, war, and struggle.

Includes a scene in a saloon that has two men passing clubs on a stage in the background. It seemed like they might be wearing native American costumes.

How to Break 90 #3: Hip Action (1933)
[Bobby Jones, W.C. Fields]

Fields appears in one 10 minute installment called "Hip Action," in this series of golf-improvement shorts starring links legend Bobby Jones. A delightful ditty with one good line by Fields, and a look at his truly horrible golf swing before Jones puts things right. An interesting instruction video for duffers that shows how far golf technique had already advanced by 1933. This film is available on various golf instruction videos, probably under various titles at a well-stocked pro shop.

W.C. Fields provides an example of his juggling skill using golf balls,

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
[Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien]

King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool's Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars, Gringoire the Husband of Esmeralda, and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

In the crowd scene after 6 minutes are three seconds of ring juggling. After approximately 7 minutes there is a ball balance. After 39 minutes, there is a chair balanced on the chin of Esmeralda and Gregoire. This was faked, but contains dialogue about juggling.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
[Walt Disney Productions, Buena Vista Pictures]

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by the Minister of Justice. Quasimodo meets the lively gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame.

This includes a brief moment of juggling in a shower pattern. It occurs at the beginning of the movie when the gargoyles are encouraging Quasimodo to go to the Festival of Fools and mention that jugglers will be there. The actual festival scenes, however, don't include any jugglers.

The Hungry Wolf (1942)
[Hugh Harman film]


A little rabbit does a clever teaspoon balance on his nose.

In and Out (1997)
[Kevin Kline, Joan Cusack, Matt Dillon, Debbie Reynolds, Wilford Brimley, Bob Newhart, Tom Selleck]

A high school drama teacher is wrongly outed as a gay man by a former student while accepting an Academy Award. Comedy ensues in the teacher's private life and small town where he teaches. Story is loosely based on Tom Hanks' acceptance speech when receiving his Academy Award for "Philadelphia."

Immediately following the wedding scene, one of the students, a high school senior, is in a basement discussing the events of the wedding, and does a flash of 3 oranges.

In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
[Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui]

This controversially explicit Japanese film is based on a true story set in pre-war Japan. A man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair, and their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself. Original title was Ai no Corrida.

This includes a scene of women sitting and juggling small stones during a singing game. It's on screen for a good while and is very interesting to watch.

In Too Deep (1990)
[Robert Essex, Gerda Nicolson, Duke Bannister, Tassos Ioannides]

Australia. Musical thriller.

Includes fire juggler Colin Bogaars.

International House (1933)
[Peggy Hopkins Joyce, W.C. Fields, Stuart Erwin, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Béla Lugosi]

Professor Wong has invented a television machine and invites everyone to see it at China's International House Hotel. Every time Tommy Nash attempts to wed his fiancee Carol Fortescue, he comes down with an illness, and when he breaks out in a rash the hotel is quarantined. Into this hotel flies Professor Quail in his helicopter-plane.

Features W.C. Fields doing a wonderful brief cane trick as he is walking down a hallway.

It (1990)
[Harry Anderson, Dennis Christopher, Richard Masur, Annette O'Toole, Tim Reid, John Ritter]

Also known as "Stephen King's It." A series of murders prompts Mike Hanlon to suspect that the supernatural menace that he and a group of friends battled as children has returned. He begins to call his friends to remind them of the oath they swore: if It returned again, they would come back to Derry to do battle again.

A photo in a book suddenly comes to life and you can see someone juggling clubs in the background.

Jade Claw (1979)
[Billy Chong, Siu Tien Yuen, Chu Tiet Wo, Brandy Yuen]

Also known as "Ji zhao" and "Crystal Fist." A martial arts student is bound and determined to avenge his father's murder. To decimate the gang responsible, he must go into the most intense training of his life.

This has an amusing 2 minute scene with two Japanese men, one young and one old, with classic terrible dubbing into English. The old man displays his better reflexes, dodging a knife used by the young man to chop vegetables. Then, for no apparent reason, the old man manipulates 2 and 3 plates fairly well, and then a plate and bowl. He finishes the scene by tossing 8 bowls into a stack on his head, the last from his foot.

Jane Austin's Mafia (1998)
[Jim Abrahams film; Jay Mohr, Christina Applegate, Lloyd Bridges, Billy Burke, Olympia Dukakis]

Young Vincenzo Cortino, son of a Sicilian postman, delivers a package for his father and accidentally sees something he should not see. In America, Vincenzo works his way up to the top of the Mafia. One day, his youngest son makes a mistake and has to leave town. A little later, he ends up as a casino boss in Las Vegas. But the heads of the other families want old Don Cortino out of the way. So, they shoot him 47 times and send a very attractive woman to distract his son from his casino work. Will he fall for her or will he return to Diane, who, by the way, had run for President successfully in the meantime?

Renata Fossett is one of 5 women dressed as late nineteenth century nuns from Italy, juggling big salami-sized sausages in a parade scene.

Jefferson in Paris (1995)
[Nick Nolte, Greta Scacchi, Simon Callow, Gwyneth Paltrow]

One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old slave Sally Hemings. Here we follow Jefferson to France, and see the death of his wife, his friendships and flirtations with the French, and his relationship with his daughters and slaves from home (especially Sally), against the backdrop of the beginning of the French Revolution.

Somebody outside a French cathedral does about eight seconds of a shaky three ball cascade, while two dogs bark at his feet.

The Jerk (1979)
[Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Jackie Mason]

Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family. But at his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. Everyone exploits his naivete, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune.

The juggling scene is over a minute and shows Steve Martin, as a Mexican carnival performer, juggling 3 kittens. From the script: (A scene in a Mexican bar - cat juggling!! Navin is shocked. The juggler looks suspiciously like Navin, but rest assured, according to the movies credits, Steve Martin plays Navin, and Pig Eye Jackson is credited as the cat juggler.) "Good Lord - I've heard about this - cat juggling! Stop! Stop! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Good. Father, could there be a god that would let this happen?"

The Jewel of the Nile (1985)
[Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny Devito]

This is the sequel to Romancing the Stone, where Jack and Joan have their yacht and easy life, but are gradually getting bored with each other and this way of life. Joan accepts an invitation to go to some middle eastern country as a guest of the sheik, but there she is abducted and finds herself involved with the "jewel." Jack decides to rescue her with his new partner Ralph. They go from one adventure to another.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers play a band of sufis and juggle and pass scimitars. Avner Eisenberg, who incorporates juggling in his one-man physical comedy shows, has a large role. The FKB's, consisting of Paul Magid, Howard Patterson, Randy Nelson, Sam Williams, and Tim Furst, can be seen in the background throughout the whole film.

Jongleur javanais (1896)
[Louis Lumière film]

France. Short documentary film.

Shows a juggler from Java.

The Juggler of Notre Dame (1970)
[Walter Slezak, Jessica Benton, Barry Dennen]

This is the classic Anatole France story translated to the new world and updated to the 1970's. An amazingly religious and inspirational story, despite the fact that Anatole France was a devout agnostic. Regardless of how many times you see it, you will still gasp and jerk a tear or two at the beautiful climactic ending.

Several juggling scenes.

The Juggler of Notre Dame (1984)
[Carl Carlsson, Merlin Olsen, Pat Collins, Melinda Dillon, Gene Roche]

Based on the classic fable by Anatole France. About an itinerant juggler who can't make a go of it in any "practical" line of work. On Christmas Eve, it is customary for the clergy at Notre Dame cathedral to offer presents to the statue of the Virgin Mary. He knows no craft, can sing no song, can write no books. What can he offer the blessed Virgin? The answer is implicit in the title, but even without the element of surprise, The Juggler of Notre Dame is a captivating, heartwarming tale.

Carl Carlsson has about 6 significant juggling scenes.

The Juggler of Our Lady (1957)
[Terrytoons short; Boris Karloff (voice)]

Animated adaptation of the classic French story of "The Juggler of Notre Dame."

Several juggling scenes.

The Juggler (1953)
[Stanley Kramer film; Kirk Douglas, Richard Benedict, Alf Kjellin]

Kirk Douglas plays Hans Muller, a juggler and a Jewish concentration camp survivor, who emigrates to Israel in 1949 to begin a new life. When asked what he did when he was looking for a job, Muller said, "I'm a juggler." The response was, "What else can you do besides throw things up in the air?" Muller replied, "I throw things up in the air like Shakespeare was just a writer."

Douglas shows some skill with three clubs, doing behind the back throws and other basic tricks. Near the end, Douglas does a simple three ball routine.

Juggling: An Analysis of Motion (1919)
[Silent film; documentary]

A documentary exhibiting the process of motion, explored by means of slow-motion photography. One in a series of silent short films analyzing motion, probably to promote people's interest in seeing physical action in slow-motion. This film is probably no longer in existence.

This film focussed on motion involved in a juggling act.

Juggling on the Brain (1910)
[Directed by Theo Frenkel]

Silent film.

Reported to contain juggling.

Juggling with Fate (1913)
[Directed by William Duncan; Tom Mix]

Silent film.

Unknown if juggling appears beyond this film's title.

A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)
[Thomas Ian Nicholas, Joss Ackland, Art Malik, Paloma Baeza, Kate Winslet]

Young Calvin Fuller is pulled into King Arthur's court by Merlin, his mission to save Camelot. To do this he must overcome the villain known as Lord Belascoe, train to become a knight, and rescue the Princess Catherine who has fallen in love with him. Ultimately, he must help Arthur regain his confidence before he can go home.

There is a banquet scene near the beginning in which two jugglers wander through, one doing a three ball cascade and one doing a three ball shower, just before the fire spitter.

King of Kings (1961)
[Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Hurd Hatfield, Rita Gam, Harry Guardino]

The life of Jesus Christ.

In the scene when Salome dances for the king, and requests the head of John the Baptist, there is a glimpse of a man juggling torches.

The King's Pirate (1967)
[Doug McClure, Guy Stockwell, Jill St. John, Mary Ann Mobley, Bill Glover]

Handsome British officer, Lt. Brian Fleming is sent undercover to infiltrate a lively band of pirates. He soon finds himself involved with the Captain's girlfriend, and then finds himself having to work quickly and smartly to capture a band of thieves.

Reported to contain juggling.

Kismet (1944)
[Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, James Craig, Edward Arnold]

Ronald Colman is Hadji, "King of Beggars," in the days of the Arabian Nights. Posing as a prince, Colman woos Marlene Dietrich, the favorite wife of the evil Wazir (Edward Arnold). Meanwhile, Colman's daughter Joy Page falls in love with handsome Caliph James Craig, while the Wazir connives to get Page into his own harem.

Includes a performance of the juggling trio made up of Ramiro Rivas, William Rivas, and John Schaller.

Der Kleene Punker (1992)
[Michael Schaack film]

Germany. Animation. Amadeus is a small Punker living in a trash can. He gets the idea to participate in a punk concert in front of the Brandenburger Tor and convinces his friends to found a band. But they have no instruments and thus have to earn some money. The eager police officer Herr Schulze is out to chase punks in Berlin and is about to interfere with their plans.

One of the punkers juggles 5 fruits in a supermarket, in the unrealistic circular juggling pattern typical of most cartoons.

Knickerbocker Holiday (1944)
[Nelson Eddy, Charles Coburn, Constance Dowling, Ernest Cossart]

It's 1650 in New Amsterdam, and Brom Broeck, a young outspoken newspaper publisher is arrested for printing advanced opinions on the undemocratic rule of Governor "Peg-Leg" Stuyvesant. While Brom is in prison, old "Peg-Leg" goes on the make for Brom's sweetheart. But, when "Peg-Leg" is forced to release Brom, watch out!

Circus scene features several acts, including the Johnson Brothers juggling team, Fred and Harry Johnson.

Knightriders (1981)
[Ed Harris, Gary Lahti, Tom Savini, Amy Ingersoll, Patricia Tallman]

A traveling troupe of jousters and performers are slowly cracking under the pressure of hick cops, financial troubles and their failure to live up to their own ideals. The group's leader, King Billy, is increasingly unable to maintain his warrior's rule while the Black Knight is being tempted away to Los Angeles and stardom, as they all have to ask why they were here in the first place.

Reported to contain juggling.

Kung Fu Commandoes (1982)
[John Liu, Shangkuan Ling-Feng, Shangkuan Lung]

John Liu plays one of five martial arts masters in Kung Fu Commandos. One of the masters' comrades in arms is captured by an evil warlord. The quintet heads to the villain's lair, only to be confronted by an army of kung-fu experts. Several chops, lunges, slashes and "arghs" later, they meet the bad guy face to face - and hand to hand and foot to foot. Never does one second of the film's 90 minutes slip by without something happening, usually explosively violent in nature.

Reported to contain juggling.

L.A. Story (1991)
[Steve Martin, Victoria Tennant, Marilu Henner, Sarah Jessica Parker]

Harris Telemacher is the "Wacky Weather" presenter for a Los Angeles television station. He finds himself battling the insane conditions and people caused by the manic chaos that is Los Angeles.

Venice Beach footage includes torch juggling by Robert Lind. A background scene alludes to the dangers of chainsaw juggling.

Labyrinth (1986)
[George Lucas/Jim Henson film; David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly]

Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and has to babysit her little brother Toby. While telling him a story to make him sleep, Sarah inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the King of Goblins, who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin.

Michael Moschen performed contact juggling for David Bowie by sticking his arms through Bowie's costume and watching on a video monitor. Moschen was credited as a choreographer. The first contact juggling scene occurs 13 minutes into the film. The second scene is about an hour later.

Larger Than Life (1996)
[Bill Murray, Janeane Garofalo, Matthew McConaughey, Keith David, Pat Hingle]

This family oriented comedy waddles along happily, much like its star - no, not Murray, but an elephant named Tai. She plays the unexpected inheritance left to Murray by his father, a circus clown who drops dead while touring in Maryland.

Credited as circus jugglers are Chip Lowell, Deon Aumaier, and Richard Dubicki.

The Last Married Couple in America (1980)
[Natalie Wood, George Segal, Richard Benjamin, Dom DeLuise]

Mari and Jeff Thompson start to doubt their own marriage when every couple they know separate.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Last Unicorn (1982)
[Animation; voices: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes]

The last unicorn in the world goes on a quest to discover what has happened to all the others of her kind. The story is part fantasy, part allegory about fairy tales, and part a tale about life itself.

There is a brief and unrealistic juggling bit about two thirds of the way through the movie. Schmendrick juggles about twenty balls in two circles, one inside the other, going in opposite directions. Then, being a wizard, he walks away and leaves the balls juggling themselves. Alan Arkin's voice as Schmendrick says, "I can't do this very much longer. He had me juggling teacups all night long. Teacups! With tea in them!"

Late for Dinner (1991)
[Peter Berg, Brian Wimmer, Marcia Gay Harden, Cassy Friel]

Two young men, one in need of medical attention, are cryogenically frozen in the early 1960s. The two are preoccupied with the fact that the police are pursuing them to realize what they are doing. The next thing they know is that they are in a strange new world (thirty years on).

Three apples are juggled in a kitchen scene.

Lieber Liebe (1996)
[Werner Dauth film; Tobias Langhoff, Susanne Schäfer, Florian Spoerl, Monika Baumgartner]

Germany. Romantic comedy.

Reported to contain juggling.

Life Is a Circus (1962)
[Bud Flanagan, Teddy Knox, Jimmy Nervo, Jimmy Gold, Charlie Naughton]

This zany film marks the screen debut of Britain's popular comedy troupe, The Crazy Gang. The story begins as the gang are busy sweeping up for the almost bankrupt circus they work for. The owner of a rival carnival endeavors to put them out of business for good. The Crazies manage to foil his evil scheme after they find a magical oil lamp containing a helpful genie.

Along the way, the troupe performs a variety of specialty acts including a comic trapeze act, juggling, magic, cornball jokes, and songs, which include: "Life is a Circus," "For You, For You," and "Underneath the Arches."

Life with Mikey (1993)
[Michael J. Fox, Christina Vidal, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper]

Michael J. Fox stars as a child actor who has grown up, and grown out of his popularity. He now runs a talent agency with his brother, specializing in child acts, trying to discover the next child star. He gets more than he bargained for when he recruits a child pickpocket to be his next star.

Many variety and street acts appear briefly, including juggler Damian Gryski.

The Light Touch (1952)
[Richard Brooks film; Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, George Sanders]

Sam and Felix are art thieves. Sam has just stolen a picture from a museum in Italy, but told Felix that it was lost in a boat accident. He wants copies made to sell while he will sell the original and get paid both ways.

About 30 minutes into the film, an Arab boy played by Louis Velarde juggles three knives in a restaurant. He drops one at the feet of Stewart Granger to get his attention for a tip.

The Little Hut (1957)
[Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, David Niven, Walter Chiari, Finlay Currie, Jean Cadell]

Three persons, Susan and Philip Ashlow and Henry Brittingham-Brett are washed ashore on a deserted island after a shipwreck. Henry is Susan's lover. Since the island is filled with things to eat, they can concentrate on the love triangle between the men and the woman.

Niven juggles three coconuts somewhat clumsily, but he does it himself. Granger responds with a perfect little routine, but doesn't really juggle himself, which is apparent if you notice the film tricks, in slow motion if possible. Granger makes an amusing statement about juggling.

The Little Sister (1984)
[Tracy Pollan, John Savage, Roxanne Hart]

TV drama. Also known as "The Tender Age."

Good coverage of Boston's Amazing Fantasy Jugglers in a street performance doing club passing and torch juggling. Appearing were Rawd Holbrook, Don Reed, Lana Reed, and Tom Clark.

Lookin' to Get Out (1982)
[Jon Voight, Ann-Margret, Burt Young, Burt Remsen]

Two gamblers must leave New York City after one loses a lot of money. Doing what all gamblers in trouble would do, they hurry to the gambling capital Las Vegas to turn their luck around.

Kris Kremo performs in a few scenes, primarily during the end credits. Kris' act was shot at the MGM Grand Hotel. Over 5 minutes of excellent juggling.

Looking For Trouble (1996)
[Holly Butler, Susan Gallagher, Shawn McAllister, Gerry Russell]

Jamie Miller is having a bad day. Her mom remarried a jerk and gave away her dog, and tomorrow doesn't look much better. But everything changes when she meets a runaway baby elephant named Trouble. When her newest buddy is recaptured by a mean old circus ringmaster, Jamie and her friend, Harry the Magician, hit the road to save him. She's looking for Trouble, but what she finds is pure adventure.

Mark Myers plays Juggles the Clown.

The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
[Friz Freleng film; Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg]

This is the second feature-length film containing classic Warner Brothers cartoons linked together by newly animated footage. It is divided into three parts. Part 1 involves Yosemite Sam's pact with the Devil to exchange his place in Hell with Bugs Bunny, provided that Sam can lure Bugs into sin and then kill him. Part 2 is a parody of TV crime-fighting dramas, as Bugs is selected by law enforcement to find and apprehend gangster Rocky, who has kidnapped Tweety Bird for a ransom. Part 3 is an Academy Awards-like contest in which various classic cartoon shorts are showcased.

Near the end of the film, Bugs Bunny showers five balls, finishing by catching them all in his hat.

The Lost Boys (1987)
[Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Kiefer Sutherland]

A mother and two sons move to a small coast town in California. The town is plagued by bikers and some mysterious deaths. The younger boy makes friends with two boys who claim to be vampire hunters, while the older boy is drawn into the gang of bikers by a beautiful girl.

There's a brief 3-ball cascade during the opening titles by an unidentified juggler. This is soon followed by some club passing on the boardwalk at the beginning. The most visible juggler is Ken Martin. The other juggler not shown well is Jeff Napier.

Love Actually (2003)
[Richard Curtis film; Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson]

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

About halfway through the movie, someone juggles 3 orange balls briefly in the background of Harry's office.

Love Among Thieves (1987)
[Audrey Hepburn, Robert Wagner, Samantha Eggar, Jerry Orbach]

Audrey Hepburn plays a widowed baroness and classical pianist, who steals three Faberge eggs from a museum in order to ransom her kidnapped fiance. En route to the "drop," Audrey is rescued from a mysterious assailant (Jerry Orbach) by suave stranger Robert Wagner. Wagner proceeds to demonstrate that he's not all he seems by swiping the valuable jeweled eggs. The rest of the film is a maelstrom of double-crosses, clinches and hairbreadth escapes.

Edward Jackman plays a fire juggling bandito passing torches in front of the kidnapped Audrey Hepburn. The other juggler, who will remain unnamed, was off camera, as he was not capable of passing 6 torches as he claimed when he accepted the role. As a result, he simply attempted to throw Edward as many torches as he could, while he continuously burned himself off camera.

Mad Max (1979)
[Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns]

A police officer in the outback of a grim futuristic Australia is caught up in a struggle with lawless biker gangs. After the death of his partner at the hands of these thugs, he realizes that not only his life is in danger, but also the lives of his wife and child.

About 15 minutes into the film, Mel Gibson does about 4 throws of 3 apples, and then gives up and starts eating them instead.

Made in America (1993)
[Whoopie Goldberg, Ted Danson, Will Smith, Nia Long, Paul Rodriguez, Jennifer Tilly]

A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

In the opening scene while Whoopie is riding a bike down the street, there is a guy doing a devil stick. It's just a stick with some yellow balls on the ends and it's only on screen for a moment.

Madhouse (1990)
[John Larroquette, Kirstie Alley, Alison La Placa, John Diehl, Jessica Lundy]

The luxurious villa of Mark and Jessie Bannister, a yuppie couple, is overrun by loads of uninvited guests who turn the house up side down.

Robert Gruenberg juggles a chainsaw on California's Venice Beach in two scenes.

The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969)
[Katharine Hepburn, Paul Henreid, Oskar Homolka, Yul Brynner, Richard Chamberlain]

Film adaptation of the stage comedy.

Features a juggler, played by Gaston Palmer.

Malibu Summer (1993)
[Peter Anthony Elliott, Carrie Bittner, Randi Rudolph, Nicole Grey]

Beaches and bikinis.

Mark Virkler is credited as a juggler.

Mamma Roma (1962)
[Anna Magnani, Ettore Garofolo, Franco Citti, Silvana Corsini]

Italian. Mamma Roma is a middle-aged whore of Roma, who can now quit her job to become a fruit seller. And she can take back her son, Ettore. For him, she dreams of a good position. But it is perhaps too late for Ettore, whose company includes mostly teenaged louts.

There is a brief moment when Ettore tries to impress some girls by balancing a long stick on his chin. Moments later, when he gives away a small object to Bruna (Silvana Corsini), she practices juggling with it. She does 3 0 0, clapping during the 0s.

Man on a Tightrope (1953)
[Fredric March, Terry Moore, Gloria Grahame, Cameron Mitchell]

Drama set in a circus.

Juggling scenes are scattered throughout this film. Two people pass clubs, a knife thrower juggles knives, and clowns cascade three balls and do devil sticks.

The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
[Bill Murray, Joanne Whalley, Peter Gallagher, Alfred Molina]

An American gets a ticket for an audience participation game in London, then gets involved in a case of mistaken identity. As an international plot unravels around him, he thinks it's all part of the act.

During the last ten minutes or so, Bill Murray is juggling little Russian interlocking dolls with Sean Gandini and another British juggler.

The Man with a Cloak (1951)
[Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Leslie Caron, Louis Calhern, Jim Backus]

In 1848, a young French woman goes to New York to see the grandfather of her fiance. He had been with Napoleon and may be sympathetic to the political aims of his grandson. She finds the old man in bad spirits, living in a large house with a housekeeper and a butler who are just waiting for him to die (and perhaps helping him along a bit) so they can inherit his fortune. They see her as a threat to their plans. She is aided in her dealings with these strange people by a mysterious man in a cloak.

Duke Johnson appears as the juggler.

The Man with Two Brains (1983)
[Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict]

Recently widowed Doctor Michael Hfuhruhurr, the world's greatest neurosurgeon, injures Dolores Benedict in a car accident. He operates on her and saves her life using a technique of his own invention - cranial screw-top brain entry. Hfuhruhurr becomes entangled in a series of murders.

Steve Martin is asked by the police to walk a straight line on the road to prove he is not drunk. Then he is asked to walk on his hands, and finally tap dance, sing, and juggle simultaneously. He does 3 balls for several seconds in this very funny scene.

The Maniac Juggler (1906)
[Pathé Frére]

France. This is a short comedy feature about a tramp clown who cannot stop juggling.

The main character juggles three balls, but appears bored. He then runs down the street and juggles everything he can get, getting into more and more trouble. This includes hats, puppies, loaves of bread, four balls, bottles, milk container, and plates. At last he even manipulates a baby, including the devil stick propeller trick.

María y el Araña (2013)
[Florencia Salas, Diego Vegezzi]

The tender love story of María (Florencia Salas), a 13-year-old girl who lives in a shantytown, and Araña (Diego Vejezzi), a 17-year-old who scrapes a living by juggling balls in the subway dressed in a cheap Spider-Man costume. María and Araña are surrounded by adults who do little or nothing for them.

At 8 minutes into the film, Diego Vegezzi as Araña does a lengthy 3 ball shower in a moving subway and then collects tips. A bit of this appears at 0:25 of the trailer.

Master Minds (1949)
[Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, William 'Billy' Benedict, Gabriel Dell]

Bowery Boys comedy.

Includes an appearance by juggler Whitey Roberts.

Max entre deux feux (1916)
[Max Linder film]

France. Slapstick comedy.

Max Linder does short tricks with his top hat and then with his cane.

Max jongleur par amour (1912)
[Max Linder film]

France. Slapstick comedy.

Max Linder juggles for love.

Maytime (1937)
[Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore, Herman Bing, Tom Brown]

An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney. She encounters an American voice student, Paul Allison, and the two unexpectedly fall in love. Unfortunately for her, she has already accepted the marriage proposal of her mentor, Nicolai Nazaroffs, out of obligation more than any feeling of love for him.

Ed Goddard is the juggling clown.

Meet Me At the Fair (1953)
[Dan Dailey, Diana Lynn, Chet Allen, Scatman Crothers, Hugh O'Brian]

In 1904, Doc Tilbee, medicine show huckster and champion tall tale teller, gives a ride to a young boy escaped from an orphanage, where bad conditions (the result of political graft) are being investigated by new appointee Zerelda Wing, who doesn't know that her fiancee is one of the politicians responsible. Tad wants to stay with his new friend Doc, who is attracted to Zerelda, to the discomfiture of his old flame Clara, all amid nostalgic musical numbers.

The juggling act that appeared was done by Johnson and Diehl.

Menschen im Varieté (1938)
[Josef von Báky film; Bella Bordy, Pál Jávor, Zoltán Makláry, Gerö Mály]

Germany. Crime drama.

Near the beginning, some juggling clubs are packed up, and unfortunately aren't unpacked until the end of the movie.

Menschen, Tiere, Sensationen (1938)
[Harry Piel film]


At the beginning some solo jugglers are shown doing rings. Later there is a ball header, and a woman is seen several times holding clubs in her hands.

Meridian (1990)
[Sherilyn Fenn, Hilary Mason, Malcolm Jamieson, Vito Passeri]

Two American girls go to Italy after graduating from art school, one to work in restoration of paintings, the other because she's inherited her father's castle. They invite the players of a traveling sideshow to dinner, and are slipped drugs, leading to an orgy of abandon. They learn of a 15th century curse, and the troupe they have entertained is a part.

Gianni Bisbini plays the role of the juggler.

Merry Andrew (1958)
[Michael Kidd film; Danny Kaye, Pier Angeli, Salvatore Baccaloni, Noel Purcell]

Musical comedy. Downtrodden but creative English school teacher (Danny Kaye) on archeological trip discovers joys of love and circus life with acrobat (Pier Angeli).

About 40 minutes into the film, Kaye learns the three ball cascade from a girl in the circus, 30 minutes later he juggles in front of his students, giving a very nice juggling demonstration.

Miami Blues (1990)
[Alec Baldwin, Cecilia Perez-Cervera, Georgie Cranford, Edward Saxon]

When sociopath Fred Frenger gets out of prison, he decides to start over in Miami, where he starts a violent one-man crime wave. He soon meets up with amiable college student/prostitute Susie Waggoner. Opposing Frenger is Sgt. Hoke Moseley, a cop who is getting a bit old for the job, especially since the job of cop in 1980's Miami is getting crazier all the time.

A mall clown juggles three balls, with tricks.

Million Dollar Legs (1932)
[Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti, Susan Fleming, Ben Turpin]

The government officials of Klopstokia, where everyone has outstanding athletic abilities, decide to enter their country in the Olympic Games.

About 10 minutes into the film, W.C. Fields does some club swinging as a morning gymnastic routine.

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
[Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon]

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Reported to contain juggling.

Les Miserables (1978)
[Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack, Claude Dauphin]

Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by Javert, a relentless and cruel policeman.

Reported to contain juggling.

Modern Problems (1981)
[Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman]

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fiedler, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses not only to win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

Mike Washlake juggles.

More Wild Wild West (1980)
[Victor Buono, Robert Conrad, Harry Morgan, Reni Auberjonois, Liz Torres]

The intrepid team of 19th century government underground intelligence agents made famous on the 1965-69 television series are brought out of retirement.

Reported to contain juggling.

Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
[Robin Williams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Cleavant Derricks, Alejandro Rey]

A Russian circus visits the US. A clown wants to defect, but doesn't have the nerve. His saxophone playing friend comes to the decision to defect in the middle of Bloomingdales. He is befriended by the black security guard and falls in love with the Italian immigrant from behind the perfume counter. We follow his life as he works his way through the American dream and tries to find work as a musician.

Ludmila Kramarevsky, playing Vladimir's mother, juggles 3 rolls of toilet paper twice, once in his apartment in Moscow and once on the street in New York. There's also a brief glimpse of 3 clubs at one point.

Mr. Moto's Last Warning (1939)
[Peter Lorre, Ricardo Cortez, Virginia Field, John Carradine, George Sanders]

In Port Said Mr. Moto discovers that spies are planning to sink French ships and blame the British.

A stand-in for Peter Lorre does a high fast three clubs. There's also a juggler throwing 4 boomerang hats, and later someone juggles three balls.

Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
[Billy Crystal, David Paymer, Julie Warner, Helen Hunt, Mary Mara]

Buddy Young was the comic's comic, beloved by everyone. Now, playing to miniscule crowds in nursing homes, it seems like everybody but Buddy realizes that he should retire. As Buddy looks for work in show business, he realizes that the rest of the world has forgotten the golden days of Buddy Young, and that there just may not be room in the business for an old comic like himself.

Chad Taylor and another juggler are in a scene near the opening, where the camera is running all over backstage looking for Mr. Saturday Night. The jugglers appear to be half juggling near the end of that scene. In an outtake that appears on the video version, the two jugglers are passing instead.

Multiplicity (1996)
[Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Zack Duhame, Katie Schlossberg]

Construction worker Doug Kinney finds that the pressures of his working life, combined with his duties to his wife Laura and daughter Jennifer leaves him with little time for himself. However, he is approached by geneticist Dr. Owen Leeds, who offers him a rather unusual solution to his problems - cloning.

There is a brief glimpse of someone juggling three clubs near the end.

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
[Jason Robards, Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann, Adolfo Celi]

In 19th century Paris, the maniacal Dr. Mirakle abducts young women and injects them with ape blood in an attempt to prove ape-human kinship.

Reported to contain juggling.

My Gal Loves Music (1945)
[Bob Crosby, Grace McDonald, Walter Catlett, Betty Kean, Alan Mowbray]

A sister act finds itself stranded and broke, and teams up with a medicine man who is promoting a child talent contest. Also known as "My Gal Sings."

Features juggling by Trixie Firschke (Trixie Larue).

My Life (1993)
[Michael Keaton, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Whitford, Queen Latifah]

Bob is dying of cancer. His wife, Gail, is expecting their first child. With a prognosis of only a few months of life left, Bob decides to record just about every aspect of his life on video tape.

In a very brief circus scene late in the movie, Chip Lowell and Deon Aumaier appear as jugglers, passing clubs, among acrobats and clowns.

National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)
[Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, Mark Metcalf, Kevin Bacon, John Belushi]

Faber College has one frat house so disreputable it will take anyone. It has a second one full of white, Anglo-Saxon, rich young men who are so sanctimonious no one can stand them except Dean Wormer. The dean enlists the help of the second frat to get the boys of Delta House off campus. This film gives high-jinks and fooling around a bad name.

In the infamous toga party scene, the Robert Hoover character, played by James Widdoes, does a bit of tennis racquet juggling.

Navy Seals (1990)
[Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, Rick Rossovich, Cyril O'Reilly]

While rescuing an American air crew captured by mideastern terrorists, Lieutenant Curran and his team of Navy Seals discover evidence that the terrorists have come into possession of dangerous high-tech weapons.

Dennis Haysbert, as Graham, does a three ball cascade about 75 minutes into the film.

Necessary Roughness (1991)
[Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Rob Schneider]

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. Using a 34 year old quarterback, a female place kicker and a gang of misfits, they must play the number one Texas Colts.

A football player chants "The ball is my friend" as he juggles three apples.

Never Cry Wolf (1983)
[Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah]

This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, here called Tyler, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult environment, he studies the wolves and realizes that the old beliefs about them and their supposed threat are almost totally false. Furthermore, he learns that humans represent a far greater threat to the land, and especially to the wolves, an important species that plays a necessary role in the ecosystem of the north.

At one point, Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is trying to teach Ootek (Zachary Ittimangnaq) how to juggle with three small stones.

Nickelodeon (1976)
[Peter Bogdanovich film; Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O'Neal, Brian Keith, Stella Stevens, John Ritter]

This homage to the childhood days of the motion pictures starts in 1910, when the young attorney Leo Harrigan by chance meets a motion picture producer. Immediately he's invited to become a writer for him, which starts a sensational career. Soon he's promoted to director and shoots one silent movie after the other in the tiny desert village of Cucamonga with a small crew of actors. But the competition is hard, and the talent agency sends out Buck Greenway to sabotage them.

After 12 minutes, a man passes the screen juggling three apples. 18 minutes later, Stella Stevens tries out a small diabolo.

Night of the Juggler (1980)
[Mandy Patinkin, James Brolin]

A tough cop goes on a citywide rampage when his daughter is mistakenly kidnapped by a psycho. The psycho had originally targeted someone else's daughter, but is just as prepared to kill anybody unless his colossal ransom demands are met.

No juggling other than the title, although Mandy Patinkin can juggle. The title derives from the nickname the police give to the killer, a bad pun on the fact that he cuts his victims' jugular veins.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
[Skellington Productions; stop-motion animation]

Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King, ruler of Halloweentown, happens upon Christmastown, and decides to change Christmas into another Halloween. He kidnaps Santa Claus, then takes it upon himself to deliver some alternative gifts to unsuspecting children.

An elf juggles a 3 snowball cascade that is rendered perfectly, 14 minutes into the movie. There's a clown on a unicycle in several scenes throughout the film.

Nightmare in the Daylight (1992)
[Lou Antonio film; Jaclyn Smith, Christopher Reeve, Tom Mason, Glynnis O'Connor]

A married Wisconsin teacher fears a Los Angeles lawyer who has mistaken her for his long-lost wife.

After 15 minutes, a fire stick is shown for about 10 seconds.

Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)
[Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger]

An erotic story about a woman, the assistant of an art gallery, who gets into an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to complicate things.

Gene Jones juggles three clubs in a crowd scene.

Nob Hill (1945)
[George Raft, Joan Bennett, Rory Calhoun, Vivian Blaine]

Drama set in San Francisco.

Contains juggling by the Three Swifts.

Octopussy (1983)
[Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn]

When an agent is found dead holding a Faberge egg, the British are suspicious and send James Bond to investigate. He discovers a connection between the priceless egg, an elaborate smuggling operation, and a plot by a renegade Soviet general to instigate World War Three.

There are four juggling scenes, including torches in India, practicing on a train, a three ball shower on the street, and rings in a circus.

The Old-Fashioned Way (1934)
[W.C. Fields, Joe Morrison, Judith Allen, Jan Duggan, Baby LeRoy]

The Great McGonigle's traveling theatrical troupe are staying at a boarding house. They are preparing to put on a production of "The Drunkard" (and do so during this movie). In spite of being pursued by several sheriffs, McGonigle is able to keep going and see his daughter Betty happily married.

W.C. Fields's "The Great McGonigle" juggling routine appears. This wonderful complete act is about 5 minutes long, includes 3 and four balls, cane, and cigar box tricks. Fields later juggles plates at a dinner.

One from the Heart (1982)
[Francis Coppola film; Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski, Lainie Kazan, Harry Dean Stanton]

An offbeat musical comedy set in Las Vegas over the Fourth of July weekend. It's a fairy tale, a fantasy in which we can all recognize ourselves and the one we love.

A scantily clad Nastassja Kinski performs romantically on the hood of a convertible car for her boyfriend in the front seat. She pulls out 3 scarves tucked between her breasts, and juggles them for a few seconds.

One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1976)
[Robert Stevenson film; Helen Hayes, Peter Ustinov, Clive Revill]

A group of spies hide a microfilm inside a dinosaur in The British Museum. Some children enroll a group of nannies to thwart the spies and save England!

Clive Revill does a quick 3 ball cascade towards the beginning. Max Wall is listed as a juggler.

Operation Petticoat (1959)
[Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Dick Sargent]

A submarine newly commissioned is damaged in the opening days of World War II. A captain, looking for a command insists he can get it to a dockyard and captain it. Going slowly to this site, they find a stranded group of Army nurses and must take them aboard. Trying to get a primer coat on the sub, they have to mix white and red in order to have enough, and find themselves with the world's only pink submarine.

Tony Curtis does a quick three golf ball (egg?) cascade about halfway through the movie.

Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
[Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson]

In mid-1800's England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him through a sign to leave his father and his faith and join the Church of England. Lucinda is a teenaged Australian heiress who has an almost desperate desire to liberate her sex from the confines of the male-dominated culture of the Australia of that time. She buys a glass factory and has a dream of building a church made almost entirely of glass, and then transporting it to the Australian Outback. Oscar and Lucinda meet on a ship going to Australia; once there, they are for different reasons ostracized from society, and as a result "join forces" together. Oscar and Lucinda are both passionate gamblers, and Lucinda bets Oscar her entire inheritance that he cannot transport the glass church to the Outback safely. Oscar accepts her wager, and this leads to the events that will change both their lives forever.

There is a brief scene with two jugglers, possibly named Syd and Maxim.

The Other Sister (1999)
[Gary Marshall film; Juliette Lewis, Diane Keaton, Giovanni Ribisi]

A mentally challenged girl proves herself to be every bit as capable as her "perfect" sister when she moves into an apartment and begins going to college.

Bud Markowitz has a small role as the Roselake juggler.

Otto - Der Liebesfilm (1992)
[Otto Waalkes, Jessika Cardinahl, Juraj Kukura, Ruth-Maria Kubitschek, Ralf Wolter, Lonny Kellner]

Germany. Comedy.

Actor Otto Waalkes juggles three billiard balls.

Ödipussi (1987)
[Vicco von Bülow, Evelyn Hamann, Katharina Brauren, Edda Seippel, Richard Lauffen, Klaus Schultz]

Germany. Screwball comedy. Gray-haired furniture retailer Paul Winkelmann still has his dinner cooked and his laundry done by his mother. He spends his evenings playing Scrabble with Mama's friends and discussing the role of women in society in his carnival club. When he meets psychologist Margarete Tietze, "Pussi" finally begins to rebel against his dominant mother.

After 45 minutes, one of three construction workers juggles three eggs briefly in an Italian pub.

Our Man Flint (1965)
[James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan, Edward Mulhare, Benson Fong]

When the intelligence agencies of the world find that their agents are being murdered at an alarming rate their leaders suggest the qualities an agent will need to succeed against the terrible crisis they are facing. Derek Flint is the only agent with all the qualities, but his boss refuses to work with him until ordered to by the president.

James Coburn, the hero of the film, walks past a group of jugglers who are practicing near a futuristic city. One of them is doing a diabolo.

Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
[Sam Raimi film; James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff]

Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz.

Club jugglers in the circus backlot are seen as the film opens.

Parade (1973)
[Jacques Tati, Bertil Berglund, Bertilo, Pierre Bramma, Pia Colombo, Karl Kossmayer, Johnny Lonn, Moniqa Sunnerberg, Jan Swahn]

France. Written and directed by Jacques Tati. Two children go behind the scenes of a small circus, where the center ring is filled with quiet little wonders. A series of performers do their acts in center stage. None of the acts is especially unique or amazing. We have seen jugglers, magicians, clowns and acrobats before. The only really original sight is the master of ceremonies, played by Tati. Pantomiming a tennis game, he uses his elastic body so freely that at times he seems to take flight, even though his feet remain on the earth.

Many circus acts are seen. Acrobats stand on each others' shoulders and juggle clubs, magicians make pretty girls disappear from trunks, a trained horse kicks anybody who tries to ride it, clowns fall over each other, and a tall, elegant man with gray hair plays tennis without a net or a ball. The man is Jacques Tati, a Frenchman who created his own world in the movies with no regard for what anybody else was doing.

Paternity (1981)
[Burt Reynolds, Beverly D'Angelo, Norman Fell, Lauren Hutton]

The manager of Madison Square Garden wants a child and, with the help of a doctor, contracts with a music student for her to bear his offspring. The relationship gets complicated when she falls in love with him.

Jason Delgado and Aaron Jessup appear as boy jugglers.

The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)
[Don Bluth and Gary Goldman film]

Animated feature. A lovable but introverted penguin named Hubie plans to present his betrothal pebble to the bird of his dreams.

During the opening titles, a penguin juggles three balls in a cascade and then in columns until another penguin steals one ball out of the pattern.

The Pelican Brief (1993)
[Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, John Heard, Robert Culp, Hume Cronyn, John Lithgow]

Law student Darby Shaw writes a brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices. Her brief makes its way into the wrong hands, marking her for death. She turns to Washington newspaper reporter Gray Grantham for help, and as he learns her story, an incredible conspiracy unfolds.

Had some juggling during some of the Mardis Gras scenes.

Persuasion (1995)
[Amanda Root, Ciarán Hinds, Susan Fleetwood, Corin Redgrave, Fiona Shaw]

Eight years earlier, Anne, the daughter of a financially troubled aristocratic family, was persuaded to break off her engagement to Frederick Wentworth, a young seaman, who, though promising, had poor family connections. When her father rents out the family estate, Anne is thrown into company with Frederick, now a rich and successful Captain, and a highly eligible bachelor. Whom will he marry? One of Anne's sister's husband's sisters? Or will he and Anne rekindle the old flame?

Near the end there was a small parade that goes through town with several strolling jugglers. There was one juggler doing a three ball cascade, a tall juggler doing five apples, and another doing machetes. There are two nice shots of the juggling, one from the side as it passed and another from the front as the parade turned a corner.

Phat Beach (1996)
[Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins, Brian Hooks, Coolio, Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr.]

A wannabe writer dreams of meeting the perfect girl at the beach, so he heads off to the surf with his best friend.

A girl in a bikini juggles 3 tomatoes briefly during the opening credits.

The Pick-up Artist (1987)
[Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello, Mildred Dunnock, Harvey Keitel]

A young lady-killer meets his match in a streetwise young woman who consents to a one-night stand but refuses to give him her telephone number.

After 15 minutes, Dennis Hopper cascades three objects for about a dozen throws.

The Pillow Book (1995)
[Vivian Wu, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata, Hideko Yoshida, Ewan McGregor]

As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her mother reads to her from "The Pillow Book," the diary of a tenth century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on bodies, and her sexual odyssey (and the creation of her own Pillow Book) is a "parfait mélange" of classical Japanese, modern Chinese, and Western film images.

One of the characters spins a plate in the background while the heroine and her lover make love in the bathtub.

The Pirate (1948)
[Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, George Zucco]

A girl is engaged to the local rich man, but meanwhile she has dreams about the legendary pirate Macoco. A traveling singer falls in love with her and to impress her he poses as the pirate.

Val Setz juggles 3 clubs in a circus parade about 12 minutes into the movie. His character is announced as one who juggles 7 balls in the air at the same time, while balancing a sword on the tip of his nose. However, he is only shown juggling 3 clubs for 30 seconds, doing double spins, 1 up 2 up, under alternating leg throws from the right hand, and flat overhand tosses.

The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
[Kevin Kline, Rex Smith, Linda Ronstadt, Angela Lansbury, George Rose]

Son of a wealthy 19th century man, Frederick was to be apprenticed to a pilot, but due to a hard-of-hearing nursery maid, was instead apprenticed to a pirate. Not just any pirate, but the Pirate King, leader of the not-so-fierce "Pirates of Penzance." But now his indentures are over, Frederick's sense of duty calls him to rid the seas of these rather simple ruffians. Despite their track record, the pirates believe that they have an ace up their collective sleeves.

Reported to contain juggling.

Point of No Return (1993)
[Bridget Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, Dermot Mulroney, Miguel Ferrer, Anne Bancroft, Olivia d'Abo]

Maggie, a convicted cop murderer, is sentenced to death by lethal injection. However, after the execution, Maggie wakes up to find that the government has decided to stage her execution and funeral in exchange for her becoming an assassin. Maggie tries to rebuild her life around the calls for hits. Also known as "The Assasin."

Three different Venice Beach (California) jugglers appear. About 45 minutes into the film, Maggie is going to her new home after finishing training, she passes Robert Gruenberg juggling two clubs and a chain saw. Others are juggling three clubs and a devil stick.

Police Academy: Mission to Moscow (1994)
[George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, David Graf, Leslie Easterbrook, G.W. Bailey, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman]

The Russians need help in dealing with the Mafia, so they seek help with the veterans of the Police Academy. They head off to Moscow to find evidence against Konstantin Konali, who marketed a computer game that everyone in the world is playing. With a sequel to the game he wants to put backdoors in all computer systems on which it gets installed, thus providing access to the police and other government systems.

Includes several Moscow circus acts, including acrobat Zemskovi, rope climber Elena Vorobieva, and clowns Alexander Diamandi and Yuri Yermachenkov. In one scene, some workers juggle at a building site.

Pool Sharks (1915)
[W.C. Fields]

Two suitors vie for the attention of one woman. Among their battles for supremacy is a game of pool. This is Fields' first movie, a 10 minute one-reeler silent film.

W.C. Fields performs several pool table tricks and briefly juggles four pool balls. Unfortunately, an opportunity was missed to adequately document the pool game routine Fields was performing on the stage at the time, as the filmmakers instead opted to substitute horrid stop-motion trick photography in the pool scenes.

Poppy (1936)
[W.C. Fields, Rochelle Hudson, Richard Cromwell, Granville Bates]

Poppy, daughter of carnival medicine salesman Professor McGargle, falls in love with the Mayor's son. Countess Maggie Tubbs DePuizzi is claimant to the Putnam estates, but McGargle and lawyer Wiffen plot to make Poppy claim the fortune, but then Wiffen and the Countess double-cross the professor.

W.C. Fields does some juggling related manipulations, such as rolling a hat around him on the floor.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
[Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner, Anjelica Huston]

An affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner starts a chain of events that culminates in murder.

15 minutes before the end, a man and a woman are seen in the background juggling clubs and rings.

Powder River (1953)
[Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Carl Betz, John Dehner, Penny Edwards]

Ex-marshall Chino Bull has hung up his guns until his prospecting partner is shot dead. Chino then takes over as the law in town, forming a friendship with gun-man Mitch Hardin and making enemies of the Logan brothers. When Hardin' girl from the east arrives, he makes her pretty unwelcome - as does his new flame, saloon owner Frenchie.

Juggler Val Setz performs as The Great Balso.

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
[Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Sybil Thorndike, Jeremy Spenser]

Romantic comedy.

The Prince was working a diabolo in the background in one scene.

The Princess Bride (1987)
[Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Fred Savage, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal]

A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story that has been passed down for generations. It is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the odious Prince Humperdinck.

Four rings are juggled in a fountain pattern about 5 minutes from the opening title, during the first courtyard scene, when Prince Humperdink introduces Princess Buttercup to the people.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
[Gary Marshall film; Anne Hathaway, Callum Blue, Julie Andrews]

Now settled in Genovia, Princess Mia faces a new revelation: she is being primed for an arranged marriage to an English suitor.

Bud Markowitz juggles three Genovian pears.

The Princess Diaries (2001)
[Gary Marshall film; Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo]

Mia Thermopolis has just found out that she is the heir apparent to the throne of Genovia. With her friends Lilly and Michael Moscovitz in tow, she tries to navigate through the rest of her 16th year.

Bud Markowitz, in a tuxedo, juggles three pears.

The Producers (1968)
[Mel Brooks film; Zero Mostel, Estelle Winwood, Christopher Hewett]

Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Biyalistok is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop, called "Springtime for Hitler."

During a casting call, there is a stage full of hopefuls for the lead. In the middle you can see a three-ball cascade popping up over the heads, but you can't see who the juggler is.

The Property Man (1914)
[Charles Chaplin, Fritz Schade, Phyllis Allen, Mack Sennett]

Charlie has trouble with actors' luggage and conflicts over who gets the star's dressing room. There are further difficulties with frequent scene changes, wrong entries, and a fireman's hose.

At one point Charlie juggles an athlete's supposed weights.

Punchline (1988)
[Sally Field, Tom Hanks, John Goodman, Mark Rydell, Kim Greist]

Steven Gold is a stand-up comedian who is flat broke and has recently dropped out of medical school. He and several others work regularly at the Gas Station, a New York comedy club. The wages are lousy and everybody hopes for the big break.

Marty Pollio has a small role as a comic juggler.

The Quest (1996)
[Jean-Claude Van Damme, Roger Moore, James Remar, Janet Gunn, Jack McGee]

Van Damme embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery that spans the globe.

Early on, there are scenes of Van Damme's character in clown make-up stilt-walking and juggling 3 clubs.

Red's Dream (1987)
[John Lasseter animation; Pixar Animation Studios]

Computer animated short film. With a sale tag hanging from his seat, propped up in the corner of a bicycle store on a rainy night, Red the unicycle dreams about a better place.

A clown on a unicycle juggles three balls. The unicycle tosses one ball from his pedal.

The Richest Man in Town (1941)
[Frank Craven, Jimmy Dodd, Ned Glass, Richard Pryor]

In this comedy, a small town newspaper publisher plays a grim practical joke on his long-time pal the town banker by publishing the financier's obituary.

Harry Johnson appears as the juggler.

Ricochet (1991)
[Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T, Kevin Pollak, Lindsay Wagner]

In this action thriller, Denzel Washington plays Nick Styles, the assistant district attorney of L.A. During a carnival, master criminal Earl Talbot Blake (John Lithgow) creates a scene after a botched drug deal. Blake is wounded by Styles and later sent to prison. Years later, Blake escapes to carry out his revenge against Styles.

Bryan Nash of North Hollywood, California, juggled torches in an early scene of a carnival at night.

Rings Around the World (1966)
[Gilbert Cates travelogue; Don Ameche as host/ringmaster]


Features a 6 minute segment showing excellent coverage of a Rudy Cardenas juggling performance, plus several other circus acts.

The Road to Wellville (1994)
[Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack, Dana Carvey]

A madcap portrayal of William Lightbody's stay at the health farm run by cereal king Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. William's wife, Eleanor, has persuaded him to go to Kellogg to have his system cleaned of impurities. Kellogg is very unconventional, and almost barbaric in his treatments.

At the celebration picnic, there are a couple of people juggling 3 balls each, and a couple of people juggling 3 wooden clubs each. The ball jugglers begin passing, as do the club jugglers. At one point John Cusack runs through the passing pattern scattering the clubs all over the place. The jugglers are Karl Guth, Duane Deardorf, Frank Jeffries, and Anthony Christian, all from Raleigh, North Carolina,

Road to Zanzibar (1941)
[Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Douglass Dumbrille, Una Merkel]

This was the second in the series of seven "Road" pictures by Crosby, Hope, and Lamour. Music and comedy.

Some juggling is done by Henry C. Johnson, Jr.

Robin Hood, Men in Tights (1993)
[Mel Brooks film; Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees, Amy Yasbeck]

In this parody of costume dramas in general and Kevin Costner's "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" in particular, Mel Brooks takes us to his idea of Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood actually has an English accent, his men wear sheer little tights, and the jokes are ones you've enjoyed time and again in other Brooks comedies.

Bob Mendelsohn and Kathy Mendelsohn appear juggling machetes, with double spins, in the back of a crowd scene for less than a second. Lisa Fay walks a rolling globe. Photo shows Kathy (left), Bob, and Lisa.

Roller Boogie (1979)
[Christopher S. Nelson, Linda Blair, Beverly Garland, Sean McClory]

Drama on skates.

There is a three ball cascade on roller skates during the opening titles.

The Rosebud Beach Hotel (1984)
[Christopher Lee, Peter Scolari, Fran Drescher, Hamilton Camp, Eddie Deezen]

Beach comedy.

Peter Scolari and Eddie Deezen pass 6 clubs on the beach for about 30 seconds. They pass in a 4-count, with several different tricks, and then pass around someone else.

Rosi und die große Stadt (1981)
[Gloria Behrens film; Rosemarie Schindler, Robert Sibler, Kerstin Müller, Gerhard Polt]


Rosemarie Schindler cascades three oranges.

Sally of the Sawdust (1925)
[W.C. Fields, Carol Dempster]

Silent film. Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Professor Eustance McGargle (Fields) before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of Judge Foster's friend, falls in love. When Sally is arrested McGargle proves her real parentage.

W.C. Fields juggles briefly and does cane tricks. Over 2 minutes of good juggling scenes.

Salome (1953)
[Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton, Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke]

John the Baptist, the prophet of Israel, is imprisoned by Herod, governor of Judea for protesting Herod's marriage to his brother's wife. Jealousies rage and Herod's step-daughter and niece Salome seduces Herod by means of a torrid dance to give her the head of the prophet - but then tries to save the life of the man she has thus condemned.

Includes juggling by Duke Johnson.

Scenes from a Mall (1991)
[Paul Mazursky film; Bette Midler, Woody Allen, Bill Irwin, Daren Firestone]

On their 16th anniversary, during a shopping stroll, the lawyer Nick Fifer confesses some affairs to his wife Deborah. She goes wild and insists on a divorce. After they agree to the division of their belongings, Deborah confesses having an affair, also. Now he gets very upset and wants the divorce for his part, but the last word is not spoken yet.

Bill Irwin has a lead role as a mime. Features several variety acts, including Chinese acrobat Chun Long Zhang and magician Kamarr. Bette Midler passes by a diabolo juggler very briefly, who was hard to see.

Scent of a Woman (1992)
[Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Gabrielle Anwar]

Frank is a retired Lt. Col. in the US army, blind, and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school, and to help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over thanksgiving. Frank's niece says this will be easy money, but she didn't reckon on Frank spending his thanksgiving in New York.

No juggling, but in the story, the main character lost his sight by juggling grenades.

Die Schwarze Kugel (1913)
[Franz Hofer film; Mia Cordes, Paul Meffert, Manny Ziener]


The two heroines of the film appear on a stage wearing masks, and start passing flaming torches.

See My Lawyer (1945)
[Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Alan Curtis, Grace McDonald, Noah Beery Jr.]

The last of the Olsen and Johnson comedies has the pair as nightclub comedians trying desperately to get out of their contract. Fussy club owner Pangborn won't let them loose, however, so the boys are forced to wander about the club spraying soda water and slinging mud at the patrons until Pangborn relents and fires them.

The film is crowded with a variety of specialty acts that pad the action, including juggling acts by The Six Willys and The Christianis.

Sensations of 1945 (1944)
[Eleanor Powell, W.C. Fields, Cab Calloway, Sophie Tucker, Lyle Talbot]

This is an entertaining movie featuring many excellent variety acts, presented well, not just as background fluff.

Some club juggling appears by Duke Johnson, his brother Red Johnson, and Duke's son, and the Christianis. Note how a 4 club juggler is moments later doing 3, after a quick scene change, with the missing fourth club nowhere in sight. There is some amazing acrobatics. Someone rides a tall unicycle while inverted, peddling with his hands. Hubert Castle performs a good piece of his amazing comedy tightwire act, in which he plays drunk.

Set It Off (1996)
[Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise]

Desperation drives four inner-city women to bank robbery in Los Angeles. Then they start mistrusting one another.

In the opening credits and repeated near the end of the movie, a talent contest on the beach includes a girl in a bikini getting the hook while juggling 3 balls.

Seven Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
[Tony Randall, Barbara Eden, Arthur O'Connell, John Ericson]

An old Chinese gentleman rides into the town of Abalone, Arizona, and changes it forever, as the citizens see themselves reflected in the mirror of Lao's mysterious circus of mythical beasts.

Near the end of the film, a boy demonstrates his new-found ability to juggle, as the mysterious Dr. Lao leaves town. This is a symbol of the Doctor's special gift to the boy and the other townspeople whose lives have been touched.

The Seventh Seal (1957)
[Ingmar Bergman film; Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson]

Original title was Det Sjunde Inseglet. A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.

Near the beginning, one of a trio of traveling players wakes up, emerges from their wagon, does a couple forward rolls, asks his horse about breakfast, deplores society's lack of appreciation for the arts, and does a right-handed, two ball shower. He later expresses to his wife the hope that their son will be a great juggler, one who can do the ultimate trick of stopping a ball in mid-air. "That's impossible," says wife Mary. "For us, but not for him," says Joseph. Some time later Joseph again demonstrates his skill at showering two balls, while Mary points out what a talented juggler he is.

Shakes the Clown (1991)
[Bob Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Bruce Baum, Robin Williams, Florence Henderson]

Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he can't get his act under control. When someone murders Shakes' boss and makes it look like Shakes did it, he goes undercover, posing as a hated mime, and tries to find information that will clear his name.

Bob Mendelsohn does chops with clubs as the juggling stand-in for Bobcat Goldthwait. He also did the club on club balance, which showed the name "shakes" spelled out on the clubs with macaroni letters. This was an important part of the murder plot, as macaroni dents were left on the dead victim's head spelling "shakes" backwards and causing "shakes" to be spelled out in blood on the sheet covering the stiff. Bryan Nash of North Hollywood, California, did unicycling. Photo shows Bob Mendelsohn (left) with Bob Goldthwait.

Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
[Buster Keaton, Kathryn McGuire, Joe Keaton, Ward Crane, Erwin Connelly, Jane Connelly]

Buster and Ward are rivals for Kathryn. Ward steals her father's watch and Buster is blamed. Back at his projectionist's job, he dreams himself and everyone else in his life into the movie that is playing. He is now Sherlock Holmes looking for some stolen pearls.

Buster Keaton performs some minor juggling bits.

Shine On, Harvest Moon (1944)
[Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson, S.Z. Sakall, Irene Manning, Marie Wilson]

Biography of the early 20th century Broadway stars Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth.

Juggling was done by the Johnson Brothers, Duke and Harry C. Johnson.

Sibling Rivalry (1990)
[Kirstie Alley, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher, Jami Gertz, Scott Bakula]

A frustrated wife in her thirties has a one day affair with an unknown man, who dies during the act in a hotel room. She runs away and loses her wallet. A salesman finds it, and enters her opened room, not knowing a dead man is lying nearby. He accidentally falls, discovers the dead man, and thinks he killed him. Then it's getting complicated.

There is a quick three-ball cascade in the closing credits.

Side Show (1981)
[Red Buttons, Anthony Franciosa, Connie Stevens, William Windom]

Made for TV movie.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Side Show of Life (1924)
[Herbert Brenon film]

Silent drama.

Reported to contain juggling.

Siesta (1987)
[Ellen Barkin, Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Isabella Rossellini, Martin Sheen, Grace Jones, Jodie Foster]

Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for being blood soaked and bruised, she has flashbacks from the past few days. She thinks she's killed someone, but isn't sure, and now she's wandering the Spanish streets without money or a clear memory.

Two women in the background try to juggle with 2 objects each. One woman uses two rings, the other does two balls.

Sin Town (1942)
[Broderick Crawford, Anne Gwynne, Patric Knowles, Andy Devine]


Includes Murray Parker as a juggler.

Singin' in the Rain (1952)
[Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell, Cyd Charisse]

In 1927, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a famous on-screen romantic pair. Lina, however, mistakes the on-screen romance for real love. Don has worked hard to get where he is today, with his former partner Cosmo. When Don and Lina's latest film is transformed into a musical, Don has the perfect voice for the songs. But Lina - well, even with the best efforts of a diction coach, they still decide to dub over her voice. Kathy Selden is brought in, an aspiring actress, and while she is working on the movie, Don falls in love with her. Will Kathy continue to "aspire," or will she get the break she deserves?

There is some umbrella manipulation similar to cane twirling. Also, Donald O'Connor does some hat manipulation while dancing.

Siren of Bagdad (1953)
[Richard Quine film; Paul Henreid, Karl 'Killer' Davis]

Arabian fantasy/comedy.

At the beginning of the film, two men pass flaming torches.

Sky Bandits (1986)
[Scott McGinnis, Jeff Osterhage, Ronald Lacey, Miles Anderson]

The story begins in about 1917 with the two heroes, Barney and Luke), blowing up banks in the West. Then Barney and Luke are mustered into the Army and sent to France, where they are promoted to pilot training. The Germans unveil a large dirigible, and Barney and Luke are assigned to find the airship and destroy it.

Billy Gray, who played Bud Anderson in the 1950's TV sitcom "Father Knows Best," is credited as the juggler.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
[Walt Disney Productions]

Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent, who declares that before Aurora reaches her 16th birthday she will die by a poisoned spinning-wheel. To try to prevent this, the king places her into hiding, in the care of three good natured, but not too bright, fairies.

Near the beginning during a parade there is a jester juggling 3 clubs in a left-handed shower, animated properly. Then he flashes all three, catches one and does a back-cross with it.

Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
[Julia Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Kevin Anderson, Elizabeth Lawrence]

Laura and Martin have been married for four years, and seem to be the perfect, happiest and most successful couple. The reality of their household, however, is very different. Martin is an abusive and brutally obsessed husband. Laura is living her life in constant fear and waits for a chance to escape. She finally stages her own death, and flees to a new town and new identity. But when Martin finds out that his wife is not dead, he will stop at nothing to find and kill her.

During one scene, someone at a theater cascades three balls.

S.O.B. (1981)
[Julie Andrews, Richard Mulligan, William Holden, Robert Vaughn]

A film within a film. A fading movie director has a plan for a successful movie, to get an actress famous for her wholesome image to appear in the nude on the screen, much like this film itself.

There is a ball juggler in the opening title sequence.

Song of Scheherazade (1947)
[Yvonne De Carlo, Brian Donlevy, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Eve Arden, Philip Reed]

In 1865, the cadets of a Russian Naval Academy ship have shore leave in Morocco. Among them is fictionalized future composer 'Nicky' Rimsky-Korsakov. In search of a piano, Nicky and the singing ship's doctor Klin meet a family of once wealthy Spanish colonists - and their daughter Cara, who secretly dances as "Scheherazade" in a cabaret. Romantic complications ensue, but Nicky seems less interested in Cara's favors than in inspirations for his future masterpieces.

Juggling was done by Duke Johnson.

Song of the Open Road (1944)
[Edgar Bergen, Bonita Granville, W.C. Fields, Sammy Kaye, Jane Powell]

Child film star Jane Powell, fed up with her every move being stage managed by her stage mother, runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a small army of young folks staying at youth hostels and picking crops while adult farm workers are at war. Totally clueless about the real world, befuddled Jane is embroiled in teenage romance complications while Mother frantically searches. Will her stardom help or hinder her new friends?

W.C. Fields appears for about 2 minutes near the end of this film, and does a short juggling act with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Fields, not far from death, is on hand to pick up a paycheck to pay liquor and sanitarium bills. Nonetheless, he is in fine voice, rehashing a few radio quip exchanges with Bergen and McCarthy, and even shows some behind-the-back juggling throws with oranges. The sight and sound of Fields, a notorious wartime food hoarder, making a patriotic appeal to feed the troops is amusingly ironic.

Sons of the Pioneers (1942)
[Joseph Kane film; Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Chester Conklin]

Night raiders are burning down the ranchers' barns and poisoning their cattle. Sheriff Gabby, unable to cope, goes east to get help from Roy, descendent of two famous sheriffs. Roy is a young entomologist who would rather study bugs than strap on guns. He finally gives in to Gabby's wishes and ends the terror.

George "Gabby" Hayes juggles 3 cups in the opening scene of the movie. About 45 minutes into the movie, he juggles 3 bottles of nitroglycerin. He juggles again in the final scene, just before the closing credits.

Spartacus (1960)
[Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis]

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire.

Antonius (Tony Curtis) claims to be a juggler, but never demonstrates, although Curtis can juggle.

Special Olympics (1978)
[Charles Durning, Debra Winger, Mare Winningham, George Parry]

Made for TV movie.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Spitfire Grill (1996)
[Alison Elliott, Ellen Burstyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Will Patton]

Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring resentment and fear in some, and growth in others.

About 30 seconds before the ending credits, there is a long shot of a person cascading three balls, standing on the far side of the street from the camera.

Splash (1984)
[Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Dody Goodman, Shecky Greene]

Allen Bauer is rescued from drowning as a young boy off Cape Cod by a young mermaid. Years later he returns to the same location, and once again manages to fall into the sea, and is rescued once more by the mermaid. Allen isn't sure what he's seen and what he's imagined. The mermaid decides to search for Allen in New York, sprouting legs when her tail dries. On finding Allen, they fall in love, but she has a secret, which will no longer be a secret if she gets her legs wet.

Reported to contain juggling.

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Encounter at Farpoint (1987)
[Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby]

Original pilot for Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Reported to contain juggling.

State Fair (1945)
[Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Vivian Blaine]

Farm family, with discontented daughter Margy, head for the Iowa State Fair. On the first day, both Margy and brother Wayne meet attractive new flames; so does father's prize hog, Blue Boy. As the fair proceeds, so do the romances. Must lovers separate when the fair closes?

Reported to contain juggling.

Streetwise (1984)
[Documentary by Martin Bell; music by Tom Waits]

Gritty but poignant documentary looks at the lives of teenagers living on the streets of Seattle.

It includes about two seconds of basic devil sticking.

Sudan (1945)
[Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey, Andy Devine, George Zucco]

Young, lovely Naila becomes queen of the ancient Egyptian kingdom of Khemis when her father is killed in a slave revolt. Continuing her penchant for going incognito among the people, she seeks out rebel leader Herua. But through palace treachery, she herself is captured and enslaved.

Duke Johnson appears as a juggler.

A Summer to Remember (1984)
[James Farentino, Tess Harper, Bridgette Andersen, Sean Gerlis]

Silent since losing his hearing to meningitis, young Toby Wyler takes a bitter stance against the world and his family, refusing to accept his new stepfather. But when a highly trained orangutan named Casey is thrown from a truck near Toby's home, the boy soon has a secret friend he can communicate with via sign language. The title was originally "Toby's Gorilla," but later changed, possibly because the movie was about an orangutan, not a gorilla.

Dave Heine (Doc Orbit) appeared and juggled. "I was filmed doing five balls, three clubs and three torches. I also appeared in background scenes and as a bunny rabbit!"

The Sunshine Boys (1975)
[Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin, Lee Meredith]

Two old vaudeville performers attempt to resolve old wounds.

In the opening titles that show performers from the 30's, someone juggles two balls in one hand.

Surviving Picasso (1996)
[Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joan Plowright]

Filmed in Paris, This engrossing tale is essentially an apologia for Frangoise Gilot, who was Pablo Picasso's mistress from 1943 to 1953, bore two of his children and was the only one of the many women in his life to leave him, rather than the other way around.

The credits list Debbie Cusmans and Beth Lawson as jugglers.

Swing Fever (1944)
[Kay Kyser, Marilyn Maxwell, Lena Horne, William Gargan, Curt Bois]

In this musical, a hypnotic songwriter uses his special talent to help a boxer win his fight. He is conned into doing so by a beautiful ex-singer.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Sword in the Stone (1963)
[Walt Disney Productions]

Arthur (aka Wart) is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for Wart beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give Wart an education (whatever that is), believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.

Merlin, transformed into a squirrel, does a brief one ball juggling routine with an acorn, including spinning it on his finger.

The Tall Guy (1989)
[Jeff Goldblum, Emma Thompson, Rowan Atkinson, Geraldine James]

Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty nurse he meets when he is receiving injections for hay fever. When Anderson fires him, he acquires the title role in a musical stage version of "The Elephant Man." Kate dumps him when she suspects he is having an affair with a fellow cast member, and he must win her back.

In the background of a musical scene called "The Elephant Man," 63 minutes into the movie, someone is juggling 4 rings for quite a while.

Ted and Venus (1991)
[Bud Cort, Jim Brolin, Kim Adams, Carol Kane, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, Martin Mull, Timothy Leary]

Comedy drama.

Chad Taylor briefly juggles a small chainsaw and two stage balls on a rola-bola.

Telethon (1977)
[Red Buttons, Lloyd Bridges, Janet Leigh, Polly Bergen, Dick Clark]

Made for TV movie.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Terminal (2004)
[Steven Spielberg film; Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride]

After arriving at New York's JFK airport, Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) gets unwittingly caught in bureaucratic glitches that make it impossible for him to return to his home country or enter the U.S. Now, caught up in the richly complex and amusing world inside the airport, Viktor makes friends, gets a job, finds romance and ultimately discovers America itself.

At age 85, Kumar Pallana played the role of a janitor at JFK Airport, and is shown juggling 3 rings, with a pulldown, in the background of a restaurant scene featuring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He then does tricks with dinner plates. A glimpse of this scene appears at 1:58 of the trailer. A low quality version of this trailer may be downloaded.

Texas Carnival (1951)
[Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Keenan Wynn]

A musical about a pair of carnies running a dunk tank. While plying their trade, someone mistakes Skelton for a wealthy oil baron and takes him back to live in the lap of luxury. Unfortunately, it doesn't last and when the real tycoon appears, mayhem ensues.

Duke Johnson performs as a juggler.

The Thanksgiving Promise (1986)
[Lloyd Bridges, Beau Bridges, Jason Bateman]


A juggler does 3 clubs in a carnival scene. You could actually see him for quite a while and the camera caught him more than once.

That Thing You Do! (1996)
[Tom Hanks film; Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron]

A Pennsylvania band scores a hit in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as it can, with lots of help from its manager.

There is a brief clip of Charlie Frye performing a classic plate spinning routine.

That's the Spirit (1945)
[Buster Keaton, Andy Devine, Gene Lockhart, Jack Oakie, Irene Ryan]


Reported to contain juggling.

The The Prince and the Pauper (1977)
[Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine, George C. Scott]

Tom Canty is a poor English boy who bears a remarkable resemblance to Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Henry VIII. The two boys meet and decide to play a joke on the court by dressing in each other's clothes, but the plan goes awry when they are separated and each must live the other's life.

There is a significant juggling scene with three clubs.

Thinner (1996)
[Stephen King; Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney]

A fat Lawyer finds himself growing thinner when an old gypsy man places a hex on him. The lawyer must call upon his friends in organized crime to help him persuade the gypsy to lift the curse. Time is running out for the desperate lawyer, as he draws closer to his own death, and grows ever thinner.

There's a scene that shows a Gypsy camp at night, and at one point you can barely make out someone juggling three torches. There's also some fire spitting earlier in the film.

This Is the Army (1943)
[George Murphy, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Alan Hale, Ronald Reagan]

In World War I, dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. His son Johnny, who had been his assistant, gets the order to stage a new all-soldier show during World War II. But he has problems in his personal life, because he refuses to marry his fiancee until the war is over.

Larry Weeks is billed as the KP Potato Juggler, credited as Pfc. Larry Weeks. He juggles three apples, with a few tricks. The entire movie may be watched at YouTube, or downloaded from This Is the Army.mp4. The juggling scene begins at 1:04:30.

A Thousand and One Erotic Nights (1982)
[Annette Haven, Lisa Deleeuw, Mai Lin, Patti Petite, Lysa Thatcher]

The Story of Scheherazade. Pornographic.

At 16:10, a door guard played by Danny Daniels juggles 3 large axes in the background for almost 2 minutes while a belly dancer performs.

Three Maxims (1936)
[Arthur Finn, Olive Blakeney, Henry Caine, Beatrix Fielden-Kaye]

Also known as "The Show Goes On." Story centers on Neagle, Carminati, and Banks, a trapeze act called The Three Maxims that is the main attraction of a French traveling circus. Banks is in love with Neagle, but when he declares his affections, she admits that she's in love with Carminati. This leads to jealousy within the act, a dangerous commodity in the trapeze business. The circus milieu is used well in this otherwise routine drama.

Gaston Palmer is featured as the juggler.

Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
[Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson]

Sylvia's work increasingly takes her away from the three men who help bring up Mary, her daughter. When she decides to move to England and take Mary with her, the three men are heartbroken at losing the two most important females in their lives.

Reported to contain juggling.

The Three Musketeers (1974)
[Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain, Michael York, Frank Finlay]

The young D'Artagnan arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu, who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also balance affairs with the charming Constance Bonacieux and the passionate Milady De Winter, a secret agent for the cardinal.

Someone in an ice bear covering cascades three balls briefly.

The Three Musketeers (1993)
[Walt Disney Productions]

Three swordsmen plus one of the disbanded French king's guard seek to save their King from the scheming of the Cardinal Richelieu.

Jokes and stunts are the fare in this light-hearted and jaunty adventure, in which a wench juggles 3 vegetables in a pub.

Three Ring Circus (1954)
[Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Zsa Zsa Gabor]

Pete and Jerry are two friends with no money, looking for jobs. They finally find work as in a circus, but Jerry has different dreams. He wants to become a clown.

After about 14 minutes, a circus performer is shown juggling four rings. Later there is a unicyclist on a tightrope.

The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
[Kerwin Mathews, Jo Morrow, June Thorburn, Lee Patterson, Grigoire Aslan]

Doctor Gulliver is poor, so nothing - not even his charming fiancee Elisabeth - keeps him in the town he lives. He signs on to a ship to India, an begins a series of adventures.

After half an hour, two ministers of Lilliput juggle balls and clubs on a tightrope.

Tightrope (1984)
[Clint Eastwood, Geneviève Bujold, Dan Hedaya, Alison Eastwood]

Wes Block is a detective who's put on the case of a serial killer. The victims are young pretty women, who are raped and murdered. The murders get personal when the killer chooses victims who are acquaintances of Block, and even his daughters are threatened.

Clint Eastwood walks through Jackson Square in New Orleans, and we briefly see three jugglers passing torches in a feed pattern. They are Robbie Weinstein, Robert Carroll, and Dan McCabe.

The Tin Drum (1979)
[Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach]

Germany. Original title was Die Blechtrommel. This allegorical story of a troubled boy growing up in Nazi Germany won the 1979 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was declared obscene in the state of Oklahoma for allegedly violating state law banning child pornography.

A juggler dressed in a sailor suit does various patterns with three clubs.

Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1959)
[Kevin Corcoran, James Drury, Henry Calvin, Richard Eastham, Gene Sheldon]

Follows a young boy and his adventures after he runs away and joins a circus.

Features juggling by the Johnson Brothers, Duke and Harry Johnson.

Tombstone (1993)
[Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Powers Boothe, Charlton Heston, Jason Priestley, Dana Delany]

After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws called The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, leading to the shoot-out at the OK Corral.

In a scene where a traveling acting troupe puts on their show in the saloon, a juggler comes out carrying three old wooden clubs. Just as he's about to toss the first one, someone in the audience shoots it out of his hand with a gun.

Trading Mom (1994)
[Sissy Spacek, Anna Chlumsky, Aaron Michael Metchik, Asher Metchik, Maureen Stapleton]

14-year-old Elizabeth, 10-year-old Jeremy, and 5-year-old Harry have what seems to them a huge and insurmountable problem. They are chained to an unreasonably demanding mother, who insists that they clean their rooms and generally makes their lives miserable by her requests.

Sissy Spacek does some poor 3 ball juggling while Jimmy Robertson and Todd Blair, aka Flight Patterns, passed six lit torches on unicycles. They taught Sissy how to juggle.

Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
[Peter Sellers, David Niven, Robert Wagner, Denise Crosby, Harvey Korman]

A tribute to the late Peter Sellers. Fans of the series will be interested in seeing unused footage shot for previous films, but there was a reason the footage was left unused.

In the opening credits, an animated Pink Panther juggles for about 30 seconds.

Trapeze (1956)
[Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida]

Mike Ribble was once a great trapeze artist, and claims to have completed a triple somersault, before his accident. Tino joins the circus, and manages to convince Mike to teach him the triple. Meanwhile Lola, a tumbler, wants to get in on the act.

Circus scenes include a juggler with 5 (or 6) rings, and another with 3 and 4 clubs.

Trumbo (2015)
[Jay Roach film; Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren]

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Diane Lane took juggling lessons to impress the director to get the role of Cleo Trumbo, Dalton's wife. Early in the movie, at a backyard picnic, Lane juggles 3 drinking glasses to entertain her guests.

Truxa (1937)
[Hans Zerlett film; Peter Elsholtz, Ernst F. Fürbringer, La Jana, Mady Rahl, Hannes Stelzer]


At the beginning, three Chinese men in a Vaudeville pub spin plates on sticks. Near the end of the film, a club juggler appears briefly.

Twice Upon a Time (1983)
[Animation; produced by George Lucas; directed by John Korty and Charles Swenson]

The minds of sleeping Rushers (humans) are being influenced by the dream-dispensing land of Frivoli and the nightmare-inducing Murkworks. The key to their power struggle is the mainspring from the Cosmic clock, which controls all time.

Reported to contain juggling.

Two Flaming Youths (1927)
[W.C. Fields, Chester Conklin, Mary Brian, Jack Juden, George Irving]

Sheriff Ben Holden is in love with hotel owner Madge Malarkey when down-and-out carnival man Gabby Gilfoil shows up hoping to take her for some money. Gilfoil is mistaken for the wanted man Slippery Sawtelle. Neither suitor gets Malarkey, but manage to take her husband (wealthy Simeon Trott) for a bundle. (Prints of this film no longer exist.)

W.C. Fields juggles a bit.

Two of a Kind (1983)
[John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Charles Durning]

God has had just about enough of the human's attitude so he will destroy the planet very soon. It is up to a struggling inventor and a bank teller, both with very amateur criminal minds, to save the world.

Someone juggles 3 torches in front of a store on a street corner.

Upstream (1927)
[Earle Foxe, Nancy Nash, Raymond Hitchcock, Sammy Cohen, Emile Chautard]

Reported to contain juggling.

Varieté (1925)
[Ewald Andre Dupont film; Emil Jannings, Lya De Putti, Warwick Ward, Maly Delschaft]

Germany. When American audiences were permitted to see German filmmaker Dupont's silent masterpiece Varieté, it was the story of a carnival concessionaire Emil Jannings, his alluring wife Lya De Putti, and the handsome acrobat, Warwick Ward, who comes between them. Feeling doubly impotent because he himself had been a famous aerialist before suffering a crippling accident, Jannings fantasizes about killing his rival, and finally does so. After serving a long prison term, Jannings is released by a compassionate warden, who feels as though the poor cuckold has suffered enough. This, again, is what Americans saw. In the original European version of Varieté, which ran nearly twice as long as the US print, Jannings deserts his wife Maly Delschaft when Lya enters the scene. Moreover, he never marries Lya, meaning that his only hold over her when Ward steals her away is an emotional one. Dupont had fashioned an ironic tale of a man suffering betrayal after having himself betrayed. The American censors wouldn't swallow that, nor would they pass the charming domestic scene wherein Jannings helps Lya disrobe, unless the prologue involving Delschaft was chopped out and De Putti was transformed from mistress to wife. Though this sort of bowdlerization might seem like an artistic outrage, the American version of Varieté is in fact superior to the original, especially in terms of pace; what seemed interminable in the German version zips along at an entertaining clip in the revised print.

This film features many great variety acts, including Enrico Rastelli juggling six plates, followed by a ball balance on a mouth stick and Rastelli's famous ball balance on his nose. Also, a Chinese group spins plates on sticks, a seal does a ball balance on its nose, two eccentric unicyclers appear, and a man does three plate juggling and prepares to juggle three bottles.

Variety Girl (1947)
[Mary Hatcher, Olga San Juan, DeForest Kelley, Frank Ferguson]

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio.

Duke Johnson appears as a juggler.

Viridiana (1961)
[Luis Buñuel film; Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo, Margarita Lozano]

Spain. Viridiana is a novice nun, who despite being exposed to the evils of the outside world in the form of her lecherous uncle, decides to show true Christian charity by opening up her house to all the local cripples and beggars. But they don't respond with the gratitude she expects.

A little girl plays with a diabolo and says, "Look what I can do!"

¡Viva María! (1965)
[Louis Malle film; Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, George Hamilton, Paulette Dubost]

France. The former Irish terrorist Maria II joins the vaudeville act of the French singer Maria I in Middle America in 1907. During their first performance on stage they invent - per chance - strip tease, and come to local stardom. When they come across a local rebellion, Maria I falls in love with the leader Flores. When he is mortally wounded, she promises to continue the revolution against military, capitalists and the church.

About 7 minutes into the movie, before Brigitte Bardot joins the artists, you can see four club jugglers in the background for about 8 seconds.

Waiting for Guffman (1996)
[Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara]

Small town Blaine, Missouri, puts on a pageant, despite a lack of theatrical ability obvious to everyone but themselves.

About 20 minutes into the film, during an audition, Turk Pipkin is seen briefly juggling 3 ping pong balls with his mouth.

War and Peace (1956)
[Henry Fonda, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer, Anita Ekberg, Herbert Lom]

Spruced up adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's epic novel about the life of a Russian family during the War of 1812. The historical and personal events are seen mostly through the eyes of Natasha, who is 16 years old at the start of the movie.

In the second half of the film there is a scene of a soldier's party. One unidentified soldier juggles three champagne bottles, standing next to Henry Fonda, who holds a similar bottle himself. The chap does a basic cascade, flips up a bottle to Fonda and takes another bottle and continues with his cascade. I recall a few doubles in the mix. Fonda also juggles, though with just the two bottles. For a moment there are five bottles in motion side by side, though they never exchange any.

Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
[Jeffrey John Davis, Heather Langenkamp, Miko Hughes, Matt Winston, Rob LaBelle, David Newsom]

Heather is a happily married actress with a little child. She is worried about a maniac who is ringing frequently at her house. She thinks the maniac is Freddy, the killer in her previous film. Meanwhile, Wes Craven is having nightmares and is inspired to write the script for a new film. Heather is scared by some murders and by the schizophrenia of her son. The only way left to save her son is to play the part of Nancy one last time to defeat Freddy forever.

Includes a brief scene in which two jesters juggling three clubs each walk by Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund after they leave an interview in a TV show.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
[Robert Aldrich film; Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Maidie Norman]

Baby Jane was a child star. When she grows up she is forgotten by the public. Instead her sister Blanche gets famous as a Hollywood actress. Blanche gets physically handicapped after a mysterious car accident. She lives in a room and Jane has to take care of Blanche. But Jane hates Blanche.

As the movie begins, a young Baby Jane is performing on a Vaudeville stage. Another act shown briefly is a juggling team, seen passing 6 clubs for a few seconds.

When Night Is Falling (1995)
[Pascale Bussières, Rachael Crawford, Henry Czerny, David Fox, Don McKellar]

This lesbian drama tells the tale of Camille, who works at an uptight Protestant college as a professor of mythology. She has been going out with career theologian Martin for three years, but it appears her real true love is her dog, Bob. Bob dies in a tragic car accident and poor Camille is devastated. She is so upset that she grabs the wrong clothes from the laundromat. The clothes belong to the beautifully predatory Petra. Camille discovers the error and returns them to Petra's workplace, an avant-garde circus in an empty warehouse where Petra confesses that she switched them on purpose so she could seduce Camille. Camille demurs. Petra begins following her, and gets to kiss her in the lobby. Eventually the persistent Petra succeeds and the two become lovers. Later Camille comes clean to the Rev. DeBoer who is homophobic. Martin is away and the cats continue to play.

During the scene where Camille gets the courage to go visit Petra at the circus site, as she enters, Jonathan Seglins and Carl Schenk are juggling torches on tall unicycles. This lends an air of mystery and danger to the scene. Camille finds Petra working on a "juggling" routine. Her shadow is seen on a screen as she pretends to juggle spotlights. Unfortunately the spotlight operator only has two hands so she can only do two spotlights.

When the Circus Comes to Town (1981)
[Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Montgomery, Tommy Madden, Eileen Brennan]

Made for TV movie.

Reported to contain juggling.

White Men Can't Jump (1992)
[Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell, Cylk Cozart]

Billy and Sydney think they're the best basketball hustlers in town, so when they join forces, nothing can stop them, except each other. To add to their problems, Billy owes money and is being chased by a pair of gangster types.

There is about 15 seconds in two segments of some remarkable contact juggling by a guy using one and two basketballs while doing the "robot." This performer combines the moves of the Harlem Globetrotters and break dancing to show yet another style of contact juggling.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
[Robert Zemeckis film; Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy]

Roger Rabbit is a cartoon character who, along with many others, exists along with real humans. Eddy is a private eye who has seen better days and has been on the skids since the death of his brother at the hands of a Toon. Rogers' boss hires Eddy to see if his sexy wife has other male interests, but things get out of hand as Roger is framed for murder with no one but the Toon hating Eddy to go to for help.

A real person cascades and then showers 3 bowling balls towards the end.

Wild Wild World (1960)
[Warner Brothers animation; voices Mel Blanc, Eddie Bracken]

Television host Cave Darroway introduces a recently unearthed film, made in prehistoric times, about the "modern" lifestyle of Cro-Magnon man.

Reported to contain juggling.

Willie and Phil (1980)
[Michael Ontkean, Ray Sharkey, Natalie Wood, Laurence Fishburne, Margot Kidder]

A Paul Mazursky comedy.

Reported to contain juggling.

Wings of Desire (1988)
[Bruno Ganz, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander, Curt Bois, Peter Falk]

Germany. Original title was Der Himmel über Berlin. An angel tires of overseeing human activity and wishes to become human when he falls in love with a mortal.

Solveig Dommartin does some throws with three oranges after 34 minutes. Otto Kuhnle and Chistoph Merg juggle balls in two circus scenes in the 24th and 55th minutes of the film. One of them also does hoop spinning around his arms, neck, and one leg. Towards the end, a woman is seen practicing three balls.

Woman Obsessed (1959)
[Susan Hayward, Stephen Boyd, Barbara Nichols, Dennis Holmes, Theodore Bikel]

The hardships faced by a widow and her eight-year-old son on a rugged Canadian ranch provide the basis of this gripping outdoor adventure. She lost her husband to a forest fire. To help her run the ranch, she hires a handy man, a handsome, but taciturn fellow who has known much tragedy, who works hard for her. The woman's son resents him, and when he learns that his mother is planning to marry him to quell ugly rumors in town, the youth is most unhappy.

Harry Johnson appeared as the juggler.

Xanadu (1980)
[Olivia Newton-John, Gene Kelly, Michael Beck, James Sloyan]

The Greek muses incarnate themselves on Earth to inspire men to achieve. One of them, incarnated as a girl named Kira, encounters a musician/artist named Sonny Malone. With the help of Danny McGuire, a man Kira had inspired forty years earlier, Sonny builds a huge disco roller rink.

Features Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton-John and others walking under club passing by 4 pairs of club passers, lasting for about 45 seconds near the end of the movie. The jugglers included Peter Davison, Greg Dean, and Marc Schiltz Takoda.

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
[W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, Constance Moore, John Arledge, James Bush]

The owner of a small-time circus takes a lot of grief from Edgar Bergen and his sidekick Charlie McCarthy.

Fields' classic ping-pong match is included. W.C. Fields throws a hat.

Zirkusblut (1995)
[Igaal Niddam film; Jan Niklas, Marco Calamandrei, Frédéric Darie, Julie Debazac, Pierre Julien, Christele Tual]

France. Film about the circus.

The first 15 minutes of the movie contains two seconds of club juggling. The main character unicycles, and later juggles 5 balls.

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