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
Did You Know?
During the year-long production of Erich von Stroheim
's Foolish Wives
, producer Irving Thalberg
had been unable to fire the director as he was the star of the film as well. Thanks to von Stroheim's meticulous sets and costumes and his refusal to stop filming, the cost ballooned to over $1 million (an astronomical sum for the day) before Thalberg shut down production on it. For this film, von Stroheim promised to bring it in on time and under budget; however, Thalberg believed otherwise, and insisted that silent star Norman Kerry
, not von Stroheim, should be the star of the movie. After six weeks of shooting, Thalberg became convinced that von Stroheim's excesses and haphazard shooting schedule were going to take this movie over budget, as well, so Thalberg abruptly fired von Stroheim, replacing him with director Rupert Julian
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"THE MERRY GO ROUND WALTZ"
(The Merry Go Round Theme)
Written by Paul Van Dyke (orchestrated by Maurice Baron) See more