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Polly of the Circus (1932)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 27 February 1932 (USA)
After a trapeze performer is injured during an accident, she is moved to a minister's house where they both fall in love.

Director:

Alfred Santell

Writers:

Margaret Mayo (play), Carey Wilson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Polly
Clark Gable ... Rev. John Hartley
C. Aubrey Smith ... Rev. James Northcott
Raymond Hatton ... Downey
David Landau ... Beef
Ruth Selwyn ... Mitzi
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. Jennings
'Little Billy' Rhodes 'Little Billy' Rhodes ... Half-Pint (as Little Billy)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Eric (as Guinn Williams)
Clark Marshall ... Don
Lillian Elliott Lillian Elliott ... Mrs. McNamara
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Storyline

When Polly Fisher, a circus aerialist, is hurt while performing, she is taken to the house of a nearby minister, John Hartley. As she recuperates, they fall in love with each other and secretly marry. But when the truth leaks out , John's congregation rebels at having a circus woman as their minister's wife, and he is fired. Polly decides to leave John in hopes of giving back to him the calling that means so much to him. But fate steps in and rearranges all plans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atriz do Circo See more »

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Budget:

$438,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Bible verse Polly quotes after John leaves without kissing her good-bye is from Ruth 1:16-17 (KJV). See more »

Quotes

Rev. John Hartley: How are you feeling?
Polly: How do you expect?
Rev. John Hartley: I came in as soon as the doctor would let me.
Polly: How are you? Not that I care a hoot, but just to keep the conversation going.
Rev. John Hartley: Very well, thank you.
Polly: That's too bad.
Rev. John Hartley: I want to tell you how sorry I am about the accident.
Polly: That makes it unanimous.
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Connections

Version of Polly of the Circus (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanson de Matin
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Written by Edward Elgar
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Not so bad but not the best movie in Movie History!
29 June 2004 | by msladysoulSee all my reviews

Marion Davies and Clark Gable makes movie enjoyable. It's not the best classic movie but if you have nothing to do and have 70 mins to spare you'll like it. It's short and sweet, if it was longer maybe that would of been a problem. Marion Davies always makes a film enjoyable. Movie Historians try to say that the only reason Marion was a movie star was because of her association with William Randolph Hearst, that's not true. Marion always gave good performances, if she didn't maybe I would think that. Marion was good with comedy and drama which she displays in this movie. Marion was a fine comedian, fine actress, great with facial expressions and gestures, and natural. This movie is a Marion Davies production. She was good with coming up with plots and stories and getting great cast. Clark Gable is good in whatever he is. This movie isn't his greatest. But Clark Gable fans would like to see this.


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