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Charles Nelson Reilly - Recalling the Hartford Circus Fire

Charles Nelson Reilly - who grew up to be a famous actor, comedian, director and drama teacher - was attending the Ringling Bros. circus, in Hartford, on the day the big top burned to the ground.  Thereafter, he could not sit in an audience because the memories of July 6, 1944, remained too painful for him.

In this clip - from his lengthy, one-man show, entitled "Save it for the Stage:  The Life of Reilly" - he relates what happened that day as he, and a childhood friend, went to the circus in their hometown.


Media Credits

Clip from "The Life of Reilly," online courtesy YouTube.  See the web site of Charles Nelson Reilly to order the entire performance.  Copyright, Estate of Charles Nelson Reilly, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.

 

 

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