The Esther Williams Blogathon – The Big Show (1961)


This is a review for the The 100 Years of Esther Williams Blogathon taking place this week and being hosted by Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood

Tnx for letting me partake Michaela!

“If I’ve learned anything at all from you it’s that life goes on and that we’re not going out of business because of this tragedy” – Klaus Everard

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A family that owns a circus runs into issues when the children make choices that their father doesn’t agree with.

My Take on it – Before joining this blogathon, I knew almost nothing about the career of Esther Williams and randomly chose three films to watch that seemed to have interesting premises.

This was Williams’ final American film and her part isn’t as bug as one might hope, yet se is quite effective regardless.

The story gets a bit too over dramatic along he way and fails to have a more focused storyline it deals with numerous members of a family and their exploits both in and out of their family circus life.

In addition to Williams, this film has a great cast that includes Cliff Robertson, Robert Vaughn and Nehemiah Persoff but none manage to make a big enough impact on everything that transpires here.

The film is beautiful to look at tho because the circus performers along with the animal acts are done quite well here despite the story being a bit too convoluted.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Esther Williams’ last Hollywood movie role.. She made one final movie, Magic Fountain (1963), a Spanish film, with future husband Fernando Lamas. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “The Esther Williams Blogathon – The Big Show (1961)

  1. I saw this last year and was so disappointed by Esther’s diminished screentime. She does a great job regardless, but the film is definitely… not a masterpiece. It just doesn’t quite click the way you want it to.

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