Juggling in Movies

The Big Shot (1942)

[Humphrey Bogart, Irene Manning, Richard Travis, Susan Peters]

Three time loser Duke Berne risks life in prison with one more armored car robbery. His attorney's wife Lorna, Berne's old sweetheart, keeps him from it, but he goes to jail anyway. Duke and Lorna get some time together again after he stages a prison break, but if he stays with her, his old friend George will have to take the rap for killing one of the guards.

The Johnson Brothers, Duke Johnson and Harry Johnson, both play prisoners who perform a juggling act in a show on stage for the other prisoners. They appear on and off warmimg up backstage for about 40 seconds, starting at 52:08.

At 52:50, they do their show dressed as clowns, seen for 46 seconds. As the curtain opens there is a long shot of them passing 7 clubs. Changing to a closer shot, one club has evaporated, and now they are passing 6 clubs low and fast. They then switch to doing 5 hats, using several different patterns. They take their final bows, and leave.

The entire movie may be seen here.

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