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Polly of the Circus (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 February 1932 (USA)
After a trapeze performer is injured during an accident, she is moved to a minister's house where they both fall in love.



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Complete credited cast:
Mrs. Jennings
'Little Billy' Rhodes ...
Half-Pint (as Little Billy)
Eric (as Guinn Williams)
Lillian Elliott ...
Mrs. McNamara


When Polly Fisher, a circus aerialist, is hurt while performing, she is taken to the house of a nearby minister, John Hartley. As she recuperates, they fall in love with each other and secretly marry. But when the truth leaks out , John's congregation rebels at having a circus woman as their minister's wife, and he is fired. Polly decides to leave John in hopes of giving back to him the calling that means so much to him. But fate steps in and rearranges all plans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

27 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Atriz do Circo  »


Box Office


$438,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original play opened in New York on 23 December, 1907 at the Liberty Theatre, 234 W. 42nd St. and ran for 160 performances until May, 1908. Mabel Taliaferro played Polly. The rest of the cast included Herbert Ayling, Joseph Brennan, Mattie Ferguson, John Findlay, Guy Nichols, Elsie St. Leon and Malcolm Williams. See more »


Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »


Chanson de Matin
(1899) (uncredited)
Written by Edward Elgar
Played in the score
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Marion of the Movies
26 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

A small town is aghast when "Queen of the Air" aerialist Marion Davies (as Pauline "Polly" Brown) arrives with her circus. Promotional posters depicting Ms. Davies in costume are considered too revealing, and concerned citizens cover her legs. During Davies' trapeze act, a heckler shouts, "Hey Polly, where's your pants?" This causes Davies grief and she goes to recover at the nearby home of athletic minister Clark Gable (as John Hartley). You should be able to figure out what happens next...

This is a re-make of "Polly of the Circus" (1917), which starred Mae Marsh and was the first Samuel Goldwyn production...

In the original, Ms. Marsh was a rider who wore a dress; although it was cut above the knees, nobody complained. Marsh went back to the circus to be with ailing "Toby" (the equivalent of this version's "Beef"). The attempts to modernize the story are not successful. Davies and Gable (still not settled on the right pluck for his eyebrows) look good together, but are not convincing in their roles. Watch out for the duster (Raymond Hatton) and the usher (Ray Milland). The too few circus scenes are edited well.

***** Polly of the Circus (2/27/32) Alfred Santell ~ Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Raymond Hatton, C. Aubrey Smith

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