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The Smallest Show on Earth

A delightfully eccentric comedy, with Travers and McKenna inheriting a fleapit cinema called The Bijou, and fighting a takeover by the owners of The Grand, which 'conveniently' burns down. An Ealing-style allegory of English resolve, scripted by William Rose and John Eldridge, it's memorable chiefly for Sellers' drunken old projectionist, clinging to his machines whenever a train goes by, and Rutherford's belligerent cashier.

Release details

Duration: 81 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Basil Dearden
Screenwriter: William Rose, John Eldridge
Cast: Bill Travers
Virginia McKenna
Peter Sellers
Margaret Rutherford
Bernard Miles
Leslie Phillips
Sidney James
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