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The Woman for Joe

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The Woman for Joe
British poster
Directed byGeorge More O'Ferrall
Produced byLeslie Parkyn
Written byNeil Paterson
Music byMalcolm Arnold
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
Edited byAlfred Roome
Group Film Productions Limited
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
25 August 1955 (London) (UK)
Running time
91 minutes

The Woman for Joe is a 1955 British drama film directed by George More O'Ferrall and starring Diane Cilento, George Baker, Jimmy Karoubi and David Kossoff.[1] The screenplay concerns the owner of a circus sideshow and his prize attraction (a midget), who become romantically involved with the same woman. The film was made at Pinewood Studios.[2]


Midget George Wilson pulls strings to obtain a job in the circus for Mary, a Hungarian lady he's fallen madly in love with. Mary is happy to have the job, singing to the lions, but although she likes George, her feelings for circus owner Joe Harrop are stronger. The jealousy and tensions caused affect the running of the circus.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the highlight of this picture is the elaborate circus set, but this does little to benefit the unfolding of the plot, which is predictable";[3] while AllMovie noted "an excellent showcase for leading lady Diane Cilento (later better known as Mrs. Sean Connery)... What could have been an exercise in tawdriness is redeemed by the colorful camerawork of Georges Perinal."[4]


  1. ^ "The Woman for Joe". BFI.
  2. ^ "Pinewood Studio". Archived from the original on 17 March 2013.
  3. ^ "The Woman For Joe". TV Guide.
  4. ^ "The Woman for Joe (1955) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.

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