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The County Fair (1920)

Not Rated | | Drama | 6 September 1920 (USA)
Aunt Abigail and her adopted daughter Sally are threatened with the loss of their home through foreclosure of a mortgage held by Solon Hammerhead.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Sally Greenway
David Butler ... Joel Bartlett
Edythe Chapman ... Aunt Abigail Prue
William V. Mong ... Solon Hammerhead
Arthur Housman ... Bruce Hammerhead
John Steppling ... Otis Tucker
Charles Barton ... Tim Vail
Wesley Barry ... Tommy Perkins
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Maxine Elliott Hicks
Hector V. Sarno Hector V. Sarno ... (as Hector Sarno)
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Storyline

Aunt Abigail and her adopted daughter Sally are threatened with the loss of their home through foreclosure of a mortgage held by Solon Hammerhead.

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Taglines:

The Big Race!! Greased Pig Chase!! Funny Side-Shows!! They're All Here!! (Print Ad- Gazette-Times, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 19 January 1921)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

√Ąventyrsmarknaden See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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"The Curtis Film Company was in Riverside Thursday and Friday [11-12 December 1919] of this week taking pictures. This is the same company that 'shot' the fair grounds several weeks ago. It has its headquarters in Los Angeles. The visit to Riverside this week practically completed the scenes for the picture, 'The County Fair,' to be shown on the screen soon. Eight or ten players worked in the pictures taken Thursday and Friday. They returned to Los Angeles today." - Staff, "More Pictures Are Taken In Riverside For 'County Fair'," Riverside Daily Press, Saturday evening,13 December 1919, Volume XXIV, Number 296, page 4. See more »

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already old-fashioned in 1920 but....
15 February 2016 | by kekseksaSee all my reviews

It is remarkable how people repeat the same stereotypical comments about early films, even when there is clear evidence to the contrary. So this story did not seem in the least bit "fresh" in 1920 and the introduction to the film itself makes quite clear that it did not. "It was produced in every town and village in America time and time again over a period of twenty years" It was already rather "old fashioned and predictable" by the standards of 1920 and the purpose of the production (again clearly stated in the introduction) was to bring to the screen a famous old play that had been dear "to our fathers and mothers".

The play, described as a "bucolic farce" dates in fact from 1888 but had a rather particular claim to fame which is probably what incited Tourneur to make the film. It was apparently written by one Charles Barnard but was produced for the stage by an actor/inventor/impresario called Neil Burgess (the introduction pays very specific homage to him) whose real name was James William Knell. He was also a female impersonator and himself played Aunt Abigail Prue in the stage production but what made the fame of the play was the system of treadmills and panoramas invented by Knell/Burgess which gave an impression of movement during the racing-scenes (using real horses), a system which would again be used for the chariot-race in the stage production of Ben Hur. So even if the story is a little dire, the production was, in its way, like that of Ben Hur, an important theatrical forerunner of cinema and the interest of making a film, with suitable apologies for the old-fashioned "wholesome" material, is therefore clear.

It is true it is no worse than the average US film of 1920 (sentimentality and buckled swashes rather ruled the day) but very much more interesting films were being made that same year in Germany and Sweden.


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