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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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Storyline

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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Atriz do Circo  »

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$438,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Chanson de Matin
(1899) (uncredited)
Written by Edward Elgar
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I think it's time to give Marion Davies her due. I knew nothing about her except "WR Hearst's mistress," until I saw "Cain and Mabel" (1938). In every Davies film I saw subsequently, she sparkled, whether silent, musical, or drama ("Operator 13"). K Hepburn and B Davis are acknowledged as the greatest actresses of the classic era. I think Davies ranks in the pantheon with them.

"Polly" ranks in the top 1% of the 9000+ films I've seen. As always, Marion carries the picture. To see why, you need only look at the scene where she reads from the "Book of Ruth." A woman attempting a seduction with the Bible is imaginative, and Marion brings it off.

I also like the fact that the film is very critical of the politics in the Episcopal Church. An added bonus is the aerial scenes, the best until "Trapeze."


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