Juggling in Movies

Americathon (1979)

[Harvey Korman, Fred Willard, Peter Riegert, Zane Buzby, Nancy Morgan]

In the not too distant future, the United States government is virtually bankrupt and in danger of being foreclosed on by a group of Native Americans, now owners of the massive Nike Corporation. A desperate President decides to make a last-ditch effort to save the country, by raising money with a telethon!

At 31:20, The Carlssons, Carl Carlsson and Ruth Carlsson are introduced by the host of the telethon to perform their juggling act. As soon as they appear on stage, the scene shifts to the host talking to people backstage, with the Carlssons in the background. Carl begins with 3 hats while Ruth does a diabolo. They then each do ping pong balls with their mouth simultaneously.

It is clear from what the script called for the host to say that the makers of this movie thought poorly of jugglers.

I'd like to introduce a wonderful act. Straight from the gambling capital of America, Miami Florida, here they are, a nice big welcome for the Carlssons!
Watching them from backstage:
Look at this act. The worst! Got to get 'em off.
Coming out while they were on to force them off:
All right, let's hear it. Come on, let's hear it. Beautiful, hey, wonderful! What an act, what an act. He was very good, but the lady with the balls, outstanding!
At 34:09, someone walks across the screen juggling 3 clubs.

The entire movie may be seen here.

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