Man on a Tightrope

TitleMan on a Tightrope
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1953
AuthorsKazan, Elia
Running Time105 minutes
Date Released6/1953
DistributorTwentieth Century-Fox
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

Based on a true story, a leader of a circus troupe in Czechoslovakia attempts to defect to the United Stated in the early 1950s. The film shows why he decides to leave, providing propaganda for the efficiencies of American free enterprise, and his fateful decision to cross the Bavarian to save his family and circus troupe. 


Fredric March

Terry Moore

Gloria Grahame

Paul Hartman

Richard Boone

Cameron Mitchell

Adolphe Menjo


Directed by Elia Kazan

Screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood

Music by Franz Waxman

Cinematography by Georg Krause

Edited by Dorothy Spencer


Drama, Thriller, Film-Noir

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