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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.

Directors:

Rupert Julian, Erich von Stroheim (uncredited)

Writers:

Finis Fox, Harvey Gates (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1923 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1914 See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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During the year-long production of Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives (1922), producer Irving Thalberg had been unable to fire the director as he was the star of the film as well. Thanks to von Stroheim's meticulous sets and costumes and his refusal to stop filming, the cost ballooned to over $1 million (an astronomical sum for the day) before Thalberg shut down production on it. For this film, von Stroheim promised to bring it in on time and under budget; however, Thalberg believed otherwise, and insisted that silent star Norman Kerry, not von Stroheim, should be the star of the movie. After six weeks of shooting, Thalberg became convinced that von Stroheim's excesses and haphazard shooting schedule were going to take this movie over budget, as well, so Thalberg abruptly fired von Stroheim, replacing him with director Rupert Julian. See more »

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THE MERRY GO ROUND WALTZ
(The Merry Go Round Theme)
Written by Paul Van Dyke (orchestrated by Maurice Baron)
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Great emotions in von Stroheim's partial direction
29 March 2008 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Erich von Stroheim started directing the movie Merry-Go-Round (1923) but got the sack by the producer Irving Thalberg and it was finished by Rupert Julian.Norman Kerry plays Viennese Count Franz Maximilian von Hohenegg.He's supposed to marry Countess Gisella von Steinbruck (Dorothy Wallace).That's one thing he doesn't want to do after he meets the beautiful, but poor Agnes Urban (Mary Philbin) at the amusement park.Merry-Go-Round is a good silent film.Norman Kerry is great in the lead and Mary Philbin is just charming.Cesare Gravina does a terrific performance as her father Sylvester.George Siegmann plays the villain of the movie, Schani Huber.He's the leader of the amusement park and a real sadistic person.In one dramatic scene he uses the whip on Agnes.This movie is could I say a forgotten gem.


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