Super Circus


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About

From Wikipedia:

Super Circus was an American television program which aired live on Sunday afternoons from 5 to 6pm Eastern Time, from 1949 to 1956, on the American Broadcasting Company television network. The show originally was produced in Chicago, but production later moved to New York City. The award-winning show featured circus and clown acts performing in front of a studio audience. Mary Hartline and Claude Kirchner were the hosts (Jerry Colonna succeeded Kirchner as "Ringmaster" in the final New York season), and Bruce Chase conducted the band.[1] Sponsors for the show including Kellogg's corn flakes, Mars, Inc. (Mars Bars, Snickers, 3 Musketeers) and Sweetheart Soap.

Hartline, known for her short skirts and long blonde hair, became one of television's first sex symbols, spawning merchandise such as dolls.[2][3]

Episode status

A small number of episodes survive in film archives and private collections.

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Who talked about this show

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on going to work for WENR, the ABC affiliate in Chicago and on producing local programming in Chicago including Super Circus
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Mike Wallace

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Mike Wallace on his work as a pitchman for Peter Pan peanut butter on Super Circus, and the sponsor's exit after a live TV incident involving elephants
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