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Sally of the Sawdust (1925)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 August 1925 (USA)
Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of... See full summary »

Director:

D.W. Griffith

Writers:

Dorothy Donnelly (play), Forrest Halsey
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carol Dempster ... Sally
W.C. Fields ... Professor Eustance McGargle
Alfred Lunt ... Peyton Lennox
Erville Alderson ... Judge Henry L. Foster
Effie Shannon ... Mrs. Foster
Charles Hammond Charles Hammond ... Lennox, Sr.
Roy Applegate ... Detective
Florence Fair Florence Fair ... Miss Vinton
Marie Shotwell Marie Shotwell ... Society Lady
Glenn Anders ... Leon - the Acrobat (as Glen Anders)
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Storyline

Judge Foster throws his daughter out because she married a circus man. She leaves her baby girl with Prof. McGargle before she dies. Years later Sally is a dancer with whom Peyton, a son of Judge Foster's friend, falls in love. When Sally is arrested McGargle proves her real parentage. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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circus | based on play | See All (2) »

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D.W. Griffith's circus comedy.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

2 August 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poppy See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Island, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$304,081, 31 December 1926
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

D.W. Griffith had good reason not to use the name or title "Poppy" for this movie -a movie titled "Poppy" with a character by that name had come out in 1917. See more »

Goofs

When Sally and Eustache were lying on the railway, after get wet on the train, you can clearly see that the railway ends on the film studio wall, right behind them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: W.C. Fields (1961) See more »

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W.C. Fields... the Silent Movie Actor.
22 March 2005 | by geoffparfittSee all my reviews

I am a great fan of W.C. Fields, and continue to study his life and especially his work that is available to us. This is the only movie currently available to me to judge his work as a confident silent movie actor and comedian. I admit that perhaps I am not coming to this movie with the best agenda to appreciate it as a film on it's own terms. This is a D.W. Griffiths film after all - the alleged father of movies as we know them today. Don't ask me. I wouldn't know if that's a deserved reputation or not.

I did enjoy this film. I thought Carol Dempster was good in her role, but of course I was more interested in the times when Fields is on screen. There are some specific moments for Fields fans to savour. The fleeting shots of his juggling skills, the first evidence of the subtle reactions and gestures that we know from his classic talkies of the 1930's, and the peanut cart disguise for a liquor cabinet that survives from his Zeigfield Follies days.

This won't be a movie I turn to as often as I do to the great W.C. Fields films of 1932-34, but I'm just so glad that it has not been lost to us as have been other of Fields silent film work.


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