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Side Show (1931)

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The delightful Winnie Lightner stars in this comedy-drama as Pat, a traveling carnival troupe member who does everything from high diving to hula dancing, with time left over to romance ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Pat
Charles Butterworth ...
Sidney
Evalyn Knapp ...
Irene
Donald Cook ...
Joe Palmer
Guy Kibbee ...
Colonel Gowdy
Matthew Betz ...
Tom Whalen (as Mathew Betz)
Fred Kelsey ...
Sheriff Hornsby
Tom Ricketts ...
Tom Allison
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The delightful Winnie Lightner stars in this comedy-drama as Pat, a traveling carnival troupe member who does everything from high diving to hula dancing, with time left over to romance meek and mild Sidney (Charles Butterworth) and try to save her younger sister, Irene (Evelyn Knapp), from a lecherous carny barker. The slapstick big-top finale is a highlight.

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19 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Luis Alberni was in studio records/casting call lists and reviews for the role of "The Great Santini," but that role was played by Vince Barnett. One may wonder what other changes were made, since Tom Ricketts is credited onscreen, but is seen for 1 or 2 seconds sitting next to the sheriff during Pat's flaming high dive. On the other side of the sheriff sits Otto Hoffman. Neither Ricketts nor Hoffman have any lines in the Turner library print, which ran 64 minutes. See more »

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Featured in Taxi! (1932) See more »

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Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Ray Egan
Played by an unidentified musician during a montage of circus acts
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Doesn't Hold Up Well
6 January 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Winnie Lightner seems very game. She looks like someone who'd be a lot of fun. She's likable and seems up to pretty much any task. But she doesn't come across as someone who could carry a movie -- though she's called to here.

Donald Cook, on the other hand, seems very modern as her shiftless boyfriend. He was an interesting leading man who never really made it big. One wonders why.

The rest of the cast includes many character performers such as Guy Kibbee who worked in Hollywood for decades. I think I a caught a glimpse of the straying husband from "Freaks" (a totally different and infinitely better movie also with a circus theme.)


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