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The Show (1927)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 22 January 1927 (USA)
Performers in a Budapest sideshow encounter love, greed, and murder.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Waldemar Young (screen play), Charles Tenney Jackson (based on novel "The Day of Souls") (as Charles Tenny Jackson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Cock Robin
Renée Adorée ... Salome
Lionel Barrymore ... The Greek
Edward Connelly ... The Soldier
Gertrude Short Gertrude Short ... Lena
Andy MacLennan Andy MacLennan ... The Ferret (as Andy Mac Lennan)
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Storyline

In a none-too-prestigious side show in Budapest, a performer named Cock Robin has a jealous lover who plays Salome in a decapitation-illusion act. He also has a vicious rival in a quack medicine show entrepreneur who plots to rig the act so to do in Robin. Written by WesternOne

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Strange were the figures in the Side Show-but stranger by far the drama of life- as played back of the scenes!!

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El palacio de las maravillas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2007 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Edward Connelly suffered "from badly inflamed eyes and a mild case of klieg eyes", prior to shooting his scenes looking into the studio lights.It took several days to recover. See more »

Quotes

Cock Robin: She's got the police after me! That's what happens for being nice to women!
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A Film Noir Piece from 1927
12 May 2010 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Although he was heading for a colossal fall from grace (thanks to both the advent of sound and the animosity of his boss, Louis B. Mayer), John Gilbert was riding high in 1927. His first release for the year, The Show, was a surprising success, despite its nightmarish carnival setting that echoes both Liliom and Nightmare Alley. Although Gilbert's part is totally unsympathetic, he handles it well, and easily manages to steal the film from his co-stars, Renée Adorée (who is most unflatteringly photographed and costumed), and Lionel Barrymore (who gives his heavy plenty of presence and charisma even though the role is disappointingly small). Mind you, Edward Connelly, who was so effective as Cardinal Richelieu in Gilbert's Bardelys the Magnificent (1926), does his hammy best to upstage the stars here and almost succeeds. But thanks to stacks of indulgent close-ups, John Gilbert wins the acting stakes all right. Nonetheless he is over-shadowed by cult director Tod Browning's many atmospherically noirish trappings and effects, including a staged John-the-Baptist beheading and a line-up of fake freaks such as a spider woman (Edna Tichenor), a mermaid (Betty Boyd) and a half-lady (Zalla Zarana). John Arnold, who was placed in charge of M-G-M's camera department in 1929, has photographed the film in an appropriate, heavily noir style.


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