Melrose's circus is being threatened by his competitor, who's angry that Melrose has outmanuevered him in bookings; what he doesn't know is that the competitor has also planted a saboteur ... See full summary »

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Ralph Graves ...
Gentleman Ted Rogers
'Little Billy' Rhodes ...
P.W. Melrose (as Little Billy)
Alan Roscoe ...
Ghandi
Pat Harmon ...
Bowen (the canvas boss)
R.E. 'Tex' Madsen ...
Tall man (as Texas Madesen)
Martha McGruger ...
Fat lady
Steve Clemente ...
Knife thrower (as Steve Clemento)
Janet Ford ...
Knife thrower's aide
Paul Desmuke ...
Armless man
Bert Price ...
Tattooed man
Chester Morton ...
Thin man
Jacques Ray ...
Fire eater
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Melrose's circus is being threatened by his competitor, who's angry that Melrose has outmanuevered him in bookings; what he doesn't know is that the competitor has also planted a saboteur who creates accidents in hopes of reducing the value of the circus. Meanwhile, he's also hired a beautiful young woman as the magician's assistant, with eyes toward more - but he realizes that, as a midget, she won't have him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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11 December 1928 (USA)  »

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An extremely rare and surprisingly moving film.
27 June 2007 | by (Chinatown, California) – See all my reviews

The Sideshow (1928), which stars midget actor "Little Billy" Rhodes as a circus owner. Mostly forgotten today except for his part as the Barrister in The Wizard of Oz, Rhodes was a formidable actor who rarely got to play serious roles. In The Sideshow he's a revelation as the tough-as-nails circus owner who longs for the "normal" woman he knows can never love him. He's a grumpy business tycoon who lords it over his employees and outfoxes the competition; a portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte decorates his wall. Viewers will discover whether his Waterloo comes in the form of a new hire, Marie Prevost, who may prefer his taller and more handsome assistant, Ralph Graves. With workmanlike direction by Erle C. Kenton, The Sideshow is more fascinating for its circus atmosphere than any dazzling cinema, but it's a major rediscovery nonetheless.


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