Film historian and collector William K. Everson stated that the only surviving print was lost by actress Mary Duncan, who had borrowed it from Fox Films. In the December 1974 issue of "Films in Review," he explained that Duncan, one of the film's stars, wanted it to show to a group of friends in Florida. The star was aware that it was a dangerous nitrate print and assumed that Fox had others. She threw the only copy in the ocean, a mistake characterized by Everson as "a monumental blunder to rank with Balaclava, Sarajevo, and the Fall of Babylon as one of history's blackest moments." See more »
I am only responding to a piecemeal recreation of the film (which is no more) and the work of Murnau. It is a highly melodramatic circus film where four orphans have lived their lives with a circus clown after their parents died performing. One of them, the handsome one, gets pulled in by a vamp who pretty much ruins his desire to perform, leaving the family behind. That's the setup. Of course, Murnau made it well and brought it above the tawdry.
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