Merry-Go-Round (1923)

 |  Drama  |  3 September 1923 (USA)
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A nobleman, posing as a necktie salesman, falls in love with the daughter of a circus puppeteer, even though he is already married to the daughter of his country's war minister.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cesare Gravina ...
Edith Yorke ...
George Hackathorne ...
Schani Huber
Dale Fuller ...
Lillian Sylvester ...
Mrs. Aurora Rossreiter
Spottiswoode Aitken ...
Minister of War / Gisella's Father
Dorothy Wallace ...
Countess Gisella Von Steinbruck
Albert Edmondson ...
Nepomuck Navrital (as Al Edmondson)
Albert Conti ...
Rudi / Baron von Leightsinn
Nicki (as Charles L. King)
Fenwick Oliver ...
Sidney Bracey ...
Gisella's Groom


Life's merry-go-round goes full tilt for Agnes, a virtuous carny at Vienna's Prater just before the Great War. Her father is abused by their cruel boss, Huber, who may force himself on Agnes. A Count who's engaged to the daughter of the minister of defense chats up Agnes one night while he's slumming; she thinks he's Franz, a necktie salesman, and she falls in love with him. Is he using charm and guile to seduce her? Plus there's Bartholomew, a hunchback who's a barker at the Prater; his love for Agnes is unrequited. Are the fates blind or is there reward for virtue? Written by <>

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3 September 1923 (USA)  »

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Amores de Príncipe  »

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During production, Erich von Stroheim was fired and replaced by Rupert Julian. Julian re-shot most of the scenes that had already been filmed, and the story was altered from von Stroheim's original vision. The only scenes filmed by von Stroheim that survive in the film are the opening scenes with the count arising and dressing and his conversation with Gisella, the wild loving cup party, and the count bringing Agnes to Madame Elvira's parlor and her seeing a piano and music about how she wanted to play but could not afford lessons. The entire footage accounts for less than ten minutes. See more »


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(The Merry Go Round Theme)
Written by Paul Van Dyke (orchestrated by Maurice Baron)
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Great emotions in von Stroheim's partial direction

Erich von Stroheim started directing the movie Merry-Go-Round (1923) but got the sack by the producer Irving Thalberg and it was finished by Rupert Julian.Norman Kerry plays Viennese Count Franz Maximilian von Hohenegg.He's supposed to marry Countess Gisella von Steinbruck (Dorothy Wallace).That's one thing he doesn't want to do after he meets the beautiful, but poor Agnes Urban (Mary Philbin) at the amusement park.Merry-Go-Round is a good silent film.Norman Kerry is great in the lead and Mary Philbin is just charming.Cesare Gravina does a terrific performance as her father Sylvester.George Siegmann plays the villain of the movie, Schani Huber.He's the leader of the amusement park and a real sadistic person.In one dramatic scene he uses the whip on Agnes.This movie is could I say a forgotten gem.

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