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Jimmie Jones
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Pansy O'Neill
Lester Le May ...
Terry O'Neill
Sylvia Ashton ...
Lotta Crust
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'Foxy' Stillmore
Guy Oliver ...
Jay Trimmer
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Otto B. Shott
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Prof. De Como
J. Cummings ...
Justice of the Peace
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Mrs. Jones (as Jane Wolff)
Julia N. Stark ...
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Little Pansy O'Neill (prologue and epilogue)
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Jimmie, a small-town boy, visits a traveling circus passing through town. he falls in love with Pansy, the daughter of the circus' tightrope walker, after he saves her from a gang of thugs. The circus leaves town, though, and Jimmie, determined to become a tightrope walker also, sets up a wire in his backyard and practices. When the circus returns to town Jimmie goes to visit them again, but he soon becomes involved in a tragedy involving Pansy's father and a plot to take over the circus by a former employee. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Under the Top (1919) -- Tragic Loss
19 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This 1919 silent comedy was directed by Donald Crisp for the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. The story was written by John Emerson, Anita Loos and Gardner Hunting, the film starred pretty blonde actress Ella Hall and Fred Stone. Only a fragment of this film now survives, another tragic loss for silent cinema.

Jimmie Jones ( Fred Stone ), a boy living in Three Forks, visits a travelling circus where he falls in love with Pansy O'Neill ( Ella Hall ), tightrope walker Terry O'Neill's ( Lester Le May ) daughter, after rescuing her from ruffians. Ambitious to learn tight-rope walking, Jimmie sets up a wire in his backyard. A fall brings on a dream that ten years later he is an acrobatic house painter, who thrills the townspeople as he paints the church steeple. The circus returns, now owned by O'Neill. After O'Neill dies from a fall, Pansy is cared for by an ex-equestrienne who schemes for Pansy to marry her son so she can control the circus. With Jimmie's help, however, the wedding is prevented. Pansy's guardians have her hypnotized so that she will marry one of them, but Jimmie steals the marriage license and eludes the pursuing circus hands by doing acrobatic feats to an audience's delight until Pansy emerges from her spell. She has the hands drive her guardians out and marries Jimmie, whereupon the boy awakens.


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