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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.

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Comedy

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Hard core Fields fans only
18 April 2008 | by Ron in LASee all my reviews

Chaplin-esquire comedy/melodrama directed by D. W. Griffith starring Carol Dempster as a plucky orphan raised on the road by a sideshow hustler (W. C. Fields) without knowing she is the granddaughter of a rich New England family. The only real attraction of this film is the chance to see a young, fit W. C. Fields in the early version of his likable-hustler persona. There are some cool juggling scenes, and some big-circus scenes that are nice but not worth going out of your way for.

Everything else is a couple beats off. Griffith's strength is in melodrama and social commentary, but here he bogs down in a bad version of of slapstick, forcing Fields to imitate Chaplin in a way that detracts from our enjoyment of Fields being Fields.

Griffith also cast his generally untalented girlfriend-at-the-time Carol Dempster in a role she was not equal to. She needs to carry the whole film and can't. With Fields we miss too much by not hearing his voice.

Then there's the length which should be shorter by a good twenty minutes given the reliance on slapstick and the simplicity of the plot. So for Griffith you're better off with his earlier work, and with Fields you want his later work, and for mid-20's slapstick you want to stick to Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Charley Chase and Harry Langdon.


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