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The Show (1927)

Passed | | Drama | 22 January 1927 (USA)
Performers in a Budapest sideshow encounter love, greed, and murder.



(screen play), (based on novel "The Day of Souls") (as Charles Tenny Jackson) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
The Greek
Edward Connelly ...
The Soldier
Gertrude Short ...
Andy MacLennan ...
The Ferret (as Andy Mac Lennan)


In a none-too-prestigious side show in Budapest, a performer named Cock Robin has a jealous lover who plays Salome in a decapitation-illusion act. He also has a vicious rival in a quack medicine show entrepreneur who plots to rig the act so to do in Robin. Written by WesternOne

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Strange were the figures in the Side Show-but stranger by far the drama of life- as played back of the scenes!!




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Release Date:

22 January 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El palacio de las maravillas  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


To get the illusion of a vicious attack on the iguana, the crew placed the reptile on a metal plate and sent electricity through it. See more »


Salome: I just gave back a present he gave me once
The Greek: If it's his heart you want I'll cut it out and give it to you!
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Very Good
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Show, The (1927)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rare and nearly forgotten film from Tod Browning that would play a major influence on his film Freaks. Set inside a Budapest carnival, a love triangle develops between a handsome actor (John Gilbert), a crazy Greek (Lionel Barrymore) and the woman (Renee Adoree) they both love. Browning's direction is top notch here and I might go as far to say this is the best directing I've seen from him. As usual with his silent pictures, the mood and atmosphere is very rich and thick. The meanness and weirdness of the characters and story leaps right off the screen with some very memorable scenes including a decapitation. There's a scene on the stage where Barrymore plots to kill Gilbert that is highly intense and perfectly staged. The three leads are all terrific and the inside jokes about Gilbert's good looks are funny as well. "Freaks" like the Human Spider, the Half Woman and a mermaid also make an appearance.

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