CWM FM 987
Original format: 16mm, SILENT, Color
Running Time 12 minutes, 942 seconds
Creator: Edward T. Satory
Title: Behind the Big Top
A color film showing the midway, concessions, and back lot of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1942 and 1943 created by amateur filmmaker Edward T. Satory. The film documents a broad variety of activity during a performance stand. Various animals, cage wagons, elephants, and costumed performers can be see. Identified performers include the Nelson Brothers, and clowns Emmett Kelley, Felix Adler, Frank Salouto, Lou Jacobs, Paul Jung, Harry Nelson, and Homer Goddard.