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Merry-Go-Round (1923)

A nobleman, posing as a necktie salesman, falls in love with the daughter of a circus puppeteer, even though he is already married to the daughter of his country's war minister.


Rupert Julian, Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Kerry ... Count Franz Maximilian Von Hohenegg
Mary Philbin ... Agnes Urban
Cesare Gravina Cesare Gravina ... Sylvester Urban
Edith Murgatroyd Edith Murgatroyd ... Ursula Urban (as Edith Yorke)
George Hackathorne ... Bartholomew Gruber
George Siegmann ... Schani Huber
Dale Fuller ... Marianka Huber
Lillian Sylvester Lillian Sylvester ... Mrs. Aurora Rossreiter
Spottiswoode Aitken ... Minister of War / Gisella's Father
Dorothy Wallace Dorothy Wallace ... Countess Gisella Von Steinbruck
Albert Edmondson Albert Edmondson ... Nepomuck Navrital (as Al Edmondson)
Albert Conti ... Rudi / Baron von Leightsinn
Charles King ... Nicki (as Charles L. King)
Fenwick Oliver Fenwick Oliver ... Eitel
Sidney Bracey ... Gisella's Groom


Life's merry-go-round goes full tilt for Agnes, a virtuous carny at Vienna's Prater just before the Great War. Her father is abused by their cruel boss, Huber, who may force himself on Agnes. A Count who's engaged to the daughter of the minister of defense chats up Agnes one night while he's slumming; she thinks he's Franz, a necktie salesman, and she falls in love with him. Is he using charm and guile to seduce her? Plus there's Bartholomew, a hunchback who's a barker at the Prater; his love for Agnes is unrequited. Are the fates blind or is there reward for virtue? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Mad Whirl of life, Love and Luxury Sweeping Around THE MOST STUPENDOUS LOVE DRAMA EVER FILMED (Print Ad- The Bellingham Herald, ((Bellingham, Wash.)) 10 September 1923)




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A Super Jewel Production. Universal, lacking a proprietary theater chain, used a 3-tiered branding system to market its feature product to independent theater owners: Red Feather (low-budget programmers), Bluebird (mainstream releases) and Jewel (prestige productions). As one of the few "Super Jewels", this film was virtually assured special treatment by exhibitors who would normally demand higher roadshow ticket prices. Universal would cease to brand its films by late 1929. See more »


Referenced in The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000) See more »


(The Merry Go Round Theme)
Written by Paul Van Dyke (orchestrated by Maurice Baron)
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Merry-Go-Round review
7 May 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

A Stroheim project that was taken from him due to the usual excessive spending, and it suffers under the hand of the less flamboyant Rupert Julian. Von Stroheim would have had the marriage between Count von Hohenegg take place in a cathedral, witnessed by thousands of extras dressed in authentic garb right down to their monogrammed skivvies, but Julian makes it look as if it's taking place in a registry office in front of a dozen witnesses. Alternates between conventional romance and bizarre incidentals like a revenge-killer orang-utang.

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3 September 1923 (USA) See more »

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