The Smallest Show on Earth Poster

Release Date: 1957

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2003

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 20 min

Plot Summary
When Matt Spenser (Bill Travers) and his wife, Jean (Virginia McKenna), inherit a small cinema, the Bijou, from a distant relative, they are shocked to find a decrepit building that comes with a group of aging employees. Matt and Jean try to sell the Bijou to Albert Hardcastle (Francis De Wolff), the owner of a large nearby cinema, but he gives them a lowball offer. Instead, they decide to open the theater, using a few clever marketing schemes to gain viewers at the expense of Hardcastle.

Cast: Bill Travers, Virginia McKenna, Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford, Bernard Miles, Leslie Phillips, Francis De Wolff

Director: Basil Dearden

Genres: Comedy

Keywords: 1950s, Competition, Rivalry, Amusing, Lighthearted, Rescue, Small town, Wife, Charming, England, Husband


Nominated British Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)