The Circus Man (1914)

David Jenison, accused of a crime which he did not commit, escapes his guards and joins a traveling circus. Mrs. Braddock, wife of the circus owner, takes an instant liking to David and ... See full summary »

Director:

Oscar Apfel

Writer:

George Barr McCutcheon (novel)
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Theodore Roberts ... Thomas Braddock
Mabel Van Buren ... Mary Braddock
Florence Dagmar ... Christine Braddock
Hubert Whitehead Hubert Whitehead ... Frank Jenison
Jode Mullally Jode Mullally ... David Jenison
Raymond Hatton ... Ernie Cronk
Howard Hickman ... Artful Dick Cronk
Fred Montague Fred Montague ... Colonel Grand
William Elmer ... Isaac Perry (as Billy Elmer)
James Neill ... Richard Jenison
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David Jenison, accused of a crime which he did not commit, escapes his guards and joins a traveling circus. Mrs. Braddock, wife of the circus owner, takes an instant liking to David and prevails upon her husband to give him a job as clown. Mrs. Braddock's daughter Christine, falls in love with David. All the performers become friends of the new clown except Ernie Cronk, a hunch-back who, himself admires Christine, takes a violent dislike to David and tries to kill him. David later saves Ernie from a bad beating at the hands of a gang of rowdies and Ernie thanking David, promises to help him clear his name of the crime charge. Ernie's friendly feeling, however, is short-lived, for in a jealous rage, he writes a note to the detectives informing them that David disguised as a clown, will take part in the afternoon performance, but Dick Cronk, Ernie's brother, learning of the latter's treachery toward David, takes David's place as a clown, while David escapes. Dick Cronk, who has learned ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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The Novel and Cecil B. DeMille
12 December 2003 | by Single-Black-MaleSee all my reviews

Oscar Apfel used the 33 year old Cecil B. DeMille to adapt the George Barr McCutcheon novel into what turned out to be this film. No wonder Apfel did not give DeMille any credit for his effort because the final product was empty and cosmetic.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

19 November 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ringmaster See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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