One of the Many Circus Films released during the 1920s
The traveling circus in the United States reached its peak between 1880 and 1920. But Hollywood in the twenties showed no signs of any loss of public interest in the popularity of circuses or circus films.
In 1920 Her Elephant Man was released. It is an extremely visual film, with acts that are thrilling and exciting, and it's sometimes dangerous; it presents a wide array of characters; which expands the film from the typical stage-bound set to the outdoors. In addition, the Her Elephant Man has a furnished plot.
The story is about Joan (Shirley Mason), the daughter of a missionary who died in Africa, is assigned to be taken to a particular bishop in Scott Dunlap's drama, Her Elephant Man (1920). However, the circus troupe who finds her makes more of an impression on her than the prospective bishop, and she elects to stay with its members. She becomes a horseback rider and grows fond of Colonel Philip Dorset (Albert Roscoe), the caretaker of elephants. The man has a mysterious past that still troubles him; he had been married years earlier when he discovered his bride only chose him for his money. To avoid any entanglement with Joan, he leaves the circus. He then discovers that his wife has divorced him. Relieved of his past problems, he rushes back to the circus and Joan. Meanwhile, a villain with the troupe tries to seduce her, but she resists. A story finally brings Dorset and Joan together.
Highly recommended to fans of silent films or any interest in the circus.
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