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The Live Wire (1925)

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The Great Maranelli, a stunting circus clown, falls instantly in love when he sees Dorothy Langdon, who does not think too much of him and lets him know it. He is so smitten that his works ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Johnny Hines ...
Edmund Breese ...
Sawdust Sam
Mildred Ryan ...
Dorothy Langdon
J. Barney Sherry ...
Bradley Barker ...
George Trent
Flora Finch ...
Pansy Darwin


The Great Maranelli, a stunting circus clown, falls instantly in love when he sees Dorothy Langdon, who does not think too much of him and lets him know it. He is so smitten that his works suffers to the extent that he is soon just a hobo drifting along the open road. When he again encounters Dorothy, she gets him a job as a salesman with her father's light-and-power company, and proves to be a a real "live-wire" salesman. He is then put in charge of the lighting in an amusement park being built under Dorothy's supervision, and trouble comes many directions, guided by Dorothy's cad fiancée who wants to make the stock in the project worthless so he can buy it cheaply. Written by Les Adams <>

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THE 'LIVE WIRE' HAS A SHOCK IN EVERY FOOT! (original poster - all caps)


Comedy | Romance






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20 September 1925 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Live Wire, or The Slide for Life  »

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An otherwise dull movie with a glorious action climax!
6 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The team of Johnny Hines (comedian) and Charles Hines (Johnny's brother, director) doesn't exactly hit immediate pay dirt in this First National venture. True, there are some amusing moments and the story is not without interest – particularly when it finally settles down about halfway through and introduces a heroine, Mildred Ryan, her upright businessman dad, Barney Sherry, and his crooked partner played by hissable villain, Bradley Barker. It all comes to a glorious action climax on which the producers, First National, have obviously spent a fair amount of cash. All the same, one wonders how this framework would have appealed to contemporary audiences as it stretches out the running time to around two hours. What we have on the Sunrise Silents DVD is an 85 minutes condensation, and that too incorporates a fair amount of marking time as dreary old jokes like the constant reselling of the same pair of animals to a butcher who isn't a fraction as smart as he thinks he is, are vigorously reshuffled. All in all, despite the rousing climax, this movie isn't a fraction as delightful as "Conductor 1492". "The Live Wire" was available on a somewhat washed-out but watchable Sunrise Silents DVD.

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