One-legged James Paleski, once a great lion tamer, asks Slate for a job.
A girl wants to join the flying trapeze act of her sister and brother-in-law.
Slate tries to convince a once famous escape artist, now a carnival swami, to return to the Big Top.
A man wants to quit his family's high-wire act but his father threatens to disown him if he does so.
Slate is faced with a choice of either firing a bareback rider or having to close his show.
An actor hires a former trapeze star to coach him for his latest role unaware that the man caused his wife's death.
A circus aerialist is charged with robbery and an overzealous prosecutor wants to add murder to the list of charges.
Slate gives a mentally retarded man a job as a circus clown despite warnings against doing so.
Slate unwittingly becomes the target of a revenge plot when he purchases five horses from the scion of a once great family empire.
An aerialist refuses to let his son bask in the spotlight so the lad begins flirting with the father's galpal.
As a favor to a dying performer, Slate gathers some of her old pals together for a final visit.
Two no talent assclowns steal an elephant from the circus.
Kate Reynolds is a performer with no real friends until she becomes foster mother to the orphaned son of an animal handler.
Gangsters pursue a high-wire artist they think can lead them to the location of a valuable pawn ticket.
A tightwire artist is resentful of the newcomer whom Slade has added to her act.
Slate gets a knife thrower to return to the circus in order to resume his act but the man must heal a breach with his wife whom he deserted years before.
Slate tries to keep an animal trainer from returning to Africa with his animals that he brought over.
Slate battles with a socialite who has booked an arena and refuses to let his circus use the place.
Slate hires a former circus boss to whip the show into shape and soon finds his authority being usurped.
A former circus performer crawls into an abandoned mine shaft after being refused a job by Slate.
The head of an equestrian act refuses to replace an aging horse that has become dangerous.
Slate hires a husband and wife team from bankrupt carnival only to have them begin causing all sorts of problems stemming from their marital woes.
Fear runs rampant in the circus when a Gypsy wardrobe mistress predicts that one of the performers will die.
Slate's father asks him to turn his own small circus into a money making proposition.
A young veterinarian offers the only hope of saving an ailing elephant.
A former circus star tries to recapture her glorious past in the spotlight.
A young man plots revenge on the father who deserted him and his family years ago.
On his circus train, Slate must contend with both Federal agents and thieves.
A stockholder thinks his shares give him the right to tell Slate how to run things in regards to the circus.
Slate must deal with a girl who left home to join the circus only to discover that she has no real talent.