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The working title of this film was The Big Top. According to Hollywood Reporter production charts, location shooting took place in Phoenix, AZ. A January 1954 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that producer Hal B. Wallis was to film the arrival of the popular Clyde Beatty Circus into Phoenix. In the film, the circus is called the "Clyde Brent Circus." According to an August 1955 Hollywood Reporter news item, writers George Beck and Samuel Locke filed a $65,000 infringement lawsuit against Paramount and Wallis, claiming that Wallis had hired them to write a circus story for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, entitled Big Top, which Wallis later rejected. The disposition of the suit is not known. Modern sources note that the film made approximately four million dollars in domestic rentals. The picture was re-released in 1976 under the title Jerrico the Wonder Clown.