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Battle Circus

Battle Circus VHS cover
Directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Written by Richard Brooks
Allen Rivkin
Laura Kerr
Starring Humphrey Bogart
June Allyson
Keenan Wynn
Music by Lennie Hayton
Cinematography John Alton
Editing by George Boemler
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) March 6, 1953
Running time 90 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Battle Circus is a 1953 film directed by Richard Brooks, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson, and costars Keenan Wynn and Robert Keith.

The film is set in Korea during the Korean War. Bogart (in his sole film for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer[1]) plays a surgeon and commander of a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H), with Allyson playing a newly-arrived nurse.

According to Brooks (in an interview filmed for the 1988 Bacall on Bogart documentary), the film was originally called MASH, a title rejected by MGM because the studio thought people would think the film had something to do with potatoes. Brooks also noted that Bogart agreed to do the film because the script's humor, set in a story showing the tragedy of war, would make the film seem more realistic to an audience.

The title of the film refers to the speed and ease with which a MASH unit, with its assemblage of tents, can, like a circus, pick up stakes and move to where the action is.




  • Humphrey Bogart as Major Jed Webbe
  • June Allyson as Lieutenant Ruth McGara
  • Keenan Wynn as Sergeant Orvil Statt
  • Robert Keith as Lieutenant Colonel Hilary Walters
  • William Campbell as Captain John Rustford
  • Perry Sheehan as Lieutenant Laurence
  • Patricia Tiernan as Lieutenant Rose Ashland
  • Adele Longmire as Lieutenant Jane Franklin
  • Jonathan Cott as Adjutant
  • Ann Morrison as Lieutenant Edith Edwards
  • Helen Winston as Lieutenant Graciano
  • Sarah Selby as Captain Dobbs
  • Danny Chang as Korean child
  • Philip Ahn as Korean prisoner
  • Steve Forrest as Sergeant

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