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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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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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This film was a modest success at the box office, earning MGM a profit of only $20,000 ($342,000 in 2017) according to studio records. 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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Soundtracks

Wedding of the Winds
(1897) (uncredited)
Music by John T. Hall
Played by the band during both trapeze acts
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Marion of the Movies
26 April 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

A small town is aghast when "Queen of the Air" aerialist Marion Davies (as Pauline "Polly" Brown) arrives with her circus. Promotional posters depicting Ms. Davies in costume are considered too revealing, and concerned citizens cover her legs. During Davies' trapeze act, a heckler shouts, "Hey Polly, where's your pants?" This causes Davies grief and she goes to recover at the nearby home of athletic minister Clark Gable (as John Hartley). You should be able to figure out what happens next...

This is a re-make of "Polly of the Circus" (1917), which starred Mae Marsh and was the first Samuel Goldwyn production...

In the original, Ms. Marsh was a rider who wore a dress; although it was cut above the knees, nobody complained. Marsh went back to the circus to be with ailing "Toby" (the equivalent of this version's "Beef"). The attempts to modernize the story are not successful. Davies and Gable (still not settled on the right pluck for his eyebrows) look good together, but are not convincing in their roles. Watch out for the duster (Raymond Hatton) and the usher (Ray Milland). The too few circus scenes are edited well.

***** Polly of the Circus (2/27/32) Alfred Santell ~ Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Raymond Hatton, C. Aubrey Smith


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