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The Last Performance (1912)

Dödsritten under cirkuskupolen (original title)
A young lieutenant falls in love with a circus rider. He leave the military and take a job at the circus. He quickly becomes the crowds favorite. His interest in another woman drives the rejected circus rider to revenge.






Credited cast:
Hans von Harden
Selma Wiklund af Klercker ...
Rose Mailand
Carl von Harden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gustaf Bengtsson
Circus Manager
Paul Hagman ...
Erik Lindholm


Rose Mailand, the celebrated equestrienne of the famous Barnon Circus, awakens the love of Count Hans von Harten, and they are ideally happy until the Count's father angrily forbids the marriage, which compels the Count to adopt the circus for a livelihood. His spectacular thriller, "The Platform of Death," wins him the title of the "Greatest Horseman in the World," and because of the public admiration his wife becomes jealous and plans revenge. She drugs his horse, and as he mounts the Platform of Death the horse becomes frightened at the first explosion of fireworks and plunges forward, bringing with him the Count to death in the ring below. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama





Release Date:

20 December 1912 (USA)  »

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The Last Performance  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A story that fit well into George of Klerckers own life. He was a lieutenant in the Svea Liv Garde, but after a love affair and an illegitimate child, he left the military for the theatre and later film. See more »


References Dødsspring til hest fra cirkuskuplen (1912) See more »

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We dare predict that it will be a big success everywhere
20 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

A very carefully prepared picture; it shows the skill of its producer in its cumulative interest, which reaches breathless suspense at the climax and also in the simplicity and naturalness of its scenes. Much of its charm comes from the personal grace and good acting of its leading lady equestrienne in a big circus. The story won't bear a too close inspection; but its shortcomings have been covered and it seems plausible. A count falls in love with the circus girl, his father won't consent to a marriage, so the young man joins the circus as a horseman. As such, he becomes the rival of the girl. She is jealous of his success and also of another girl and drugs his horse so that he is killed. We dare predict that it will be a big success everywhere; it was liked by the audience with which we saw it. - The Moving Picture World, January 4, 1913

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