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The Call (1910)

 |  Short, Drama  |  20 January 1910 (USA)
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A story of life under the "white top." Edith Lawson is engaged as the star dancer of a traveling tent show. Her circus name is Fatima. Billy Harvey, one of the performers, and a part owner ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Barker ...
Edith Lawson
Henry B. Walthall ...
Billy Harvey
James Kirkwood ...
Amos Holden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ...
At Show
Charles Craig ...
At Show / Backstage
Gladys Egan ...
At Show
Frank Evans ...
At Show / Among Performers
Francis J. Grandon ...
Backstage (unconfirmed)
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Boy Passing Handbills
Ruth Hart ...
At Show
Marion Leonard
Fred Mace
Jeanie Macpherson
W. Chrystie Miller ...
At Show / Backstage
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A story of life under the "white top." Edith Lawson is engaged as the star dancer of a traveling tent show. Her circus name is Fatima. Billy Harvey, one of the performers, and a part owner of the show, is, or rather pretends to be, in love with Fatima, and she loves him in return. The arduous duties have made the poor girl ill but her managers cruelly insist that she must appear, as she is a feature. During her dance, however, she faints from weakness, and the audience is dismissed. Amos Holden, a young merchant in the village, who is in the audience, is deeply moved by the poor girl's predicament, and determines to help her. He writes her a letter which she receives after her second attempt and failure to go through her dance. She is discharged and cast adrift by her managers, and as a resort seeks out Amos. He has fallen in love with her and she never having been accorded such tender treatment feels for the first time the power of pure honest love. Shortly afterwards they are ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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A brilliant study in the influence of an occupation upon character
21 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Certain professions and certain business enterprises exert a peculiar fascination upon their votaries, and once engaged in them it seems almost impossible to sever the connection. The circus is perhaps as strongly magnetic as any of them, and this fascination is strongly represented in this film which is really a reproduction of life under the white top, as it is known. Even though the heroine is happily married and undoubtedly realizes the abuse from which she escaped, the fascination is too strong and she succumbs. But, fortunately for her, the artificial character of the life appalls her and she returns to her home in time to prevent her letter announcing her return to the old life failing into the hands of her husband. The film is a brilliant study in the influence of an occupation upon character, and the effect it may have upon the individual, even after years have passed. The film may be considered unique in two respects: First, it presents very strongly the peculiar enchantment of circus life; and, second, it is a remarkably accurate representation of circus life. Probably no better was ever produced in motion pictures. The picture will appeal to some because of its psychological suggestiveness and to others because it illustrates a circus. Not all films please such widely divergent tastes. - The Moving Picture World, February 5, 1910


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