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Polly of the Circus (1917)

When circus aerialist Polly Fisher is injured, she is taken to the nearby home of minister John Hartley. The two fall in love and marry secretly. But when the news leaks out, the minister ... See full summary »
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Cast

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John Douglas the Minister
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Toby the Clown
Wellington A. Playter ...
Big Jim, Boss Canvasman
George S. Trimble ...
Barker and Owner of the Show
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Mandy
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Hasty, Her Lesser Half
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Deacon Strong
Lucille Southerwaite ...
The Deacon's Daughter (as Lucille Satterthwaite)
Jack B. Hollis ...
Deacon Elverson
Helen Sallinger ...
Mrs. Elverson
Isabel Vernon ...
Sallie
Viola Compton ...
Jane, the Widow
John Carr ...
Jim
Stephen Carr ...
John
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When circus aerialist Polly Fisher is injured, she is taken to the nearby home of minister John Hartley. The two fall in love and marry secretly. But when the news leaks out, the minister loses his pastorate over disdain by the parishioners for Polly's background as a performer. Polly must decide whether to stay with the man she loves or leave him for the good of his calling. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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circus | horse | based on play | See All (3) »

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Release Date:

9 September 1917 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Polly från cirkus  »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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This Goldwyn Pictures Corporation film was the first to feature as its logo Leo the Lion's roar, which would later pass to MGM when Goldwyn merged with two other companies. The logo was designed by Howard Dietz. See more »

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Version of Polly of the Circus (1932) See more »

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Better than the remake!
18 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first production of Goldwyn Pictures and the story is quite different (and better!) than the 1932 remake starring Marion Davies. Mae Marsh as Polly is literally born into the circus and orphaned as a child when her aerialist mother falls from the wires. Young Polly is raised by Toby, a circus clown, and becomes a trick bareback rider. She is badly injured in the ring and is taken to the nearby home of a minister (played by Vernon Steele) to recover. Polly thrives during her stay of several months, and the pair fall in love. Naturally, the town gossips are agog. After learning that Toby has fallen ill and needs money for a doctor, she enters a horse race with her circus mount Bingo and wins. But it's too late, Toby has died. After a few more downward turns, it all works out in the end. Mae was sweet, the horse race exciting and well-shot and the circus scenes (featuring a real circus) are authentic.


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