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Fixer Dugan (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  21 April 1939 (USA)
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A young girl is orphaned when her mother, a circus aerialist, is killed in a fall. A rival circus informs the sheriff that the girl is an orphan, and she is subsequently placed in an ... See full summary »

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Ethel Myrtle 'Terry' O'Connell
Peggy Shannon ...
Aggie Moreno
Bradley Page ...
A.J. Barvin, Circus Owner
William Edmunds ...
Smiley
Edward Gargan ...
Jake
Vinton Hayworth ...
Frank Darlow (as Jack Arnold)
Rita La Roy ...
Patricia 'Pat' O'Connell
Irene Franklin ...
Jane
John Dilson ...
Steve
Edythe Elliott ...
Mrs. Fletcher
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A young girl is orphaned when her mother, a circus aerialist, is killed in a fall. A rival circus informs the sheriff that the girl is an orphan, and she is subsequently placed in an orphanage. The circus' manager, known as "The Fixer", determines to help out the girl and punish the rival circus owner. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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21 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Double Daring  »

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The play originally opened in New Haven, Connecticut, USA on 1 May 1928. See more »

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A shot in Marysville, Kansas, shows a palm tree outside. See more »

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Opening credits are shown on round, trapeze-catcher platforms. See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played as background music at the circus
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Quite a diverting little B
28 August 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Made during the downside of Lee Tracy's career, but he's wide awake in this B, and doing what he did better than anybody: playing a fast-talking, conniving, but likable con man. And this time, as a troubleshooter at a middling circus, he has more morals than usual. It's a compact tale of the young daughter of a trapeze artist who slips and dies; the kid gets sent to a girls' school (which, in another unexpected twist, isn't a bad place at all), though she'd much rather be back in the carny life, where she's looked after by her late mom's former rival. Virginia Weidler was always wonderful, no simpering aren't-I-adorable child star but a real actor, and she plays beautifully off Tracy, as does Peggy Shannon, whom I wasn't familiar with, but she's a spirited, appealing leading lady. The lion-taming scenes are expertly faked, and a diverting supporting cast of characters keeps turning up--I especially liked Irene Franklin, an esteemed former vaudevillian, as a hanger-on at the circus who keeps looking back on her glory days. It's loaded with atmosphere and has some good lines, and it's over in 68 minutes. Very enjoyable.


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