Super Circus

Super Circus

Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show

Super Circus was the next best thing to actually being under the big top. From lively Ringmaster Claude Kirchner to wacky clowns Nicky, Cliffy and Scampy, to baton twirler Mary Hartline, the show brought the circus to the audience in an unprecedented way.

All the available acts of the era were booked on the show, including jugglers, acrobats, cyclists, divers, and many exotic animals. Children in the audience were even invited to step into the "ring" and participate in various competitions.

Kirchner, whose voice was already familiar as the off-camera announcer for Marx toy commercials, had been a real circus barker in the early 1930’s. In 1936, he left the circus to take a job with a Dallas radio station before coming to Chicago's WIND, where he announced ABC's Super Circus radio show, a contest program for children.

The show made an easy transition to television, since a circus, with all its animals, clowns, and aerobics, was indisputably better served by a visual media. Perhaps the biggest advantage of its new format, however, was the appearance of Mary Hartline.

Hartline drew in the audiences in a way that the acts of the circus, no matter how fascinating, never could. The platinum blonde girl in the majorette outfit was as much a sex symbol as one could be on a wholesome television show of the early 1950's.

After six years in Chicago, the show's producers decided to move the big top to New York, and with the move came some cast changes. Jerry Colonna replaced Kirchner, and "Miss Florida," Sandy Wirth, replaced Mary Hartline. With the original cast gone, the tent poles came down for the last time after just one more year.

Release History

1/16/49 - 6/3/56 ABC

TV Sub Categories


TV Studio


Television Cast

Ringmaster (1949-55) Claude Kirchner
Mary Hartline (1949-55) Herself
Cliffy (1949-55) Cliff Soubier
Scampy (1949-53) Bardy Patton
Scampy (1953-55) Sandy Dobritch
Nicky (1950-55) Nick Francis
The Bruce Chase Orchestra (1949-55) Themselves
Ringmaster (1955-56) Jerry Colona
Sandy Wirth (1955-56) Herself
Jerry Bergen (1955-56) Himself
The Baron Twins (1955-56) Themselves
The Ralph Herman Orchestra (1955-56) Themselves

Other Saturday Morning Links

Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies Sabrina the Teenage Witch Sabrina, Super Witch Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs Saturday Supercade Saban'sAdventuresoftheLittleMermaidFantasy Sabrina: The Animated Series Sailor Moon Sam and Max: Freelance Police Samurai Pizza Cats Santo Bugito Saved by the Bell Samson and Goliath The Sandy Becker Show Schoolhouse Rock Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics Scooby-Doo Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Sergeant Preston of the Yukon Secret Files of the Spy Dogs Sesame Street Secret Squirrel Sealab 2020 Search and Rescue: The Alpha Team The Secret Lives of Waldo Kitty The Secrets of Isis Sheena, Queen of the Jungle She-Ra: Princess of Power Shirt Tales The Shari Lewis Show Shazzan! Shenanigans Shazam! The Shazam/Isis Hour Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Sinbad Jr. SilverHawks Silver Surfer Sky Dancers The Skatebirds Sky Hawks Sky King The Smokey Bear Show Smilin' Ed McConnell and His Buster Brown Gang (Andy's Gang) The Smurfs The Snorks Sonic the Hedgehog The Soupy Sales Show Space Angel The Space Giants Space Kidettes Speed Racer Space Patrol Space Stars Speed Buggy Space Ghost and Dino Boy Space Ghost Coast To Coast Space Goofs SpaceCats Spider-Man Unlimited Spider-Man: The Animated Series Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends Spider-Man Spider-Woman Spunky and Tadpole Space Academy The Space Sentinels Squigglevision Star Trek (animated) Starblazers Strawberry Shortcake Starcom: The U.S. Space Force Street Sharks Stunt Dawgs Stingray Storybook Squares Super Friends The Super Mario Bros. Super Show The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians Superman Super President and Spy Shadow The Super Six Supercar The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure Super Circus Susan'sShow Super Friends The Super Globetrotters SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries The Sylvanian Families