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The Magic Flame (1927)

A love triangle involving two members of a travelling circus and an aristocrat has serious consequences for all three individuals.


Henry King


Rudolph Lothar (play), George Marion Jr. (titles) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Ronald Colman ... Tito the Clown / The Count
Vilma Bánky ... Bianca, the Aerial Artist
Agostino Borgato ... The Ringmaster
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... The Chancellor
Harvey Clark Harvey Clark ... The Aide
Shirley Palmer Shirley Palmer ... The Wife
Cosmo Kyrle Bellew ... The Husband
George Davis ... The Utility Man
André Cheron André Cheron ... The Manager
Vadim Uraneff Vadim Uraneff ... The Visitor
Meurnier-Surcouf Meurnier-Surcouf ... Sword Swallower
Raoul Paoli Raoul Paoli ... Weight Thrower (as Paoli)
Lucille Ballart Lucille Ballart ... Undetermined Secondary Role (as Lucille Balart)
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The Awakening (1928) is a feature film directed by Victor Fleming.

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Vilma Bánky, Walter Byron, Louis Wolheim


A beautiful trapeze artist is loved by two men, identical in appearance but opposites when it comes to their station in life and their personalities. One of the men is Tito the Clown, a gentle and kind man whose love for Bianca is pure; the other is a heartless and wicked Count who is bent on possessing Bianca, even against her wishes. Tito goes to rescue Bianca and ends up killing the Count, so he must take the place of his evil doppelganger to avoid being charged with his murder.

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Incomplete print exists at the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House [first five reels only]. See more »

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5 reels found
10 August 2006 | by jack-gardnerSee all my reviews

I can't really give this a rating as I have not seen it but the first five reels of this eleven reel feature were found in the George Eastman House Archives.

Hopefully somewhere someday reels 6 through 11 will turn up as well.

So little of Vilma Banky's work survives today - it's a great pity as she was a very beautiful and moving silent screen actress.

This is also an early academy award nominee - it's a shame that even the films that were highly respected in their day became victims of time and decay . . .

This is not the time or the place to start a forum on film preservation, but it is important for us to preserve these early works of cinema, and even though the film is not complete, I hope that someone will preserve what's left of it and allow the general public access to study it.

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18 September 1927 (USA) See more »

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La llama mágica See more »


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