Juggling in Movies

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

[Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell, Maureen O'Hara, Edmond O'Brien]

King Louis XI is a wise and old king and Frollo is the Chief Justice. Frollo gazes on the gypsy girl, Esmeralda, in the church during Fool's Day and sends Quasimodo to catch her. Quasimodo, with the girl, is captured by Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, who frees the girl. The courts sentence Quasimodo to be flogged, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Later, at a party of nobles, Esmeralda again meets both Frollo, who is bewitched by her, and Phoebus. When Phoebus is stabbed to death, Esmeralda is accused of the murder, convicted by the court and sentenced to hang. Clopin, King of the Beggars, Gringoire the Husband of Esmeralda, and Quasimodo, the bellringer, all try different ways to save her from the gallows.

In the crowd scene after 6 minutes are three seconds of ring juggling. After approximately 7 minutes there is a ball balance. After 39 minutes, there is a chair balanced on the chin of Esmeralda and Gregoire. This was faked, but contains dialogue about juggling.


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