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HISTORY

This was the first production of Goldwyn Pictures Corp. It had a pre-release showing in Chicago. According to the 1918 MPSD , Beekman Mitchell worked on the film either as a cameraman or as a still photographer. M-G-M filmed Mayo's play in 1932, with Marion Davies and Clark Gable starring and Alfred Santell ... More Less

This was the first production of Goldwyn Pictures Corp. It had a pre-release showing in Chicago. According to the 1918 MPSD , Beekman Mitchell worked on the film either as a cameraman or as a still photographer. M-G-M filmed Mayo's play in 1932, with Marion Davies and Clark Gable starring and Alfred Santell directing. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
22 Sep 17
p. 631.
MPW
22 Sep 17
p. 1857.
New York Times
10 Sep 17
p. 11.
NYDM
8 Sep 17
p. 25.
Variety
14 Sep 17
p. 37.
Wid's
20 Sep 17
pp. 598-99.
DETAILS
Release Date:
9 September 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11359
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Orphaned after her mother, an aerialist in the circus, falls from the wires, little Polly is raised by Toby, the circus clown. Polly grows to adulthood in the circus, where she becomes a bareback rider. When she is badly injured while performing a double somersault, Polly is taken to the home of young minister John Douglas to recover. The circus leaves Polly and her horse Bingo behind, and gradually a love develops between the minister and his ward. The town gossips, lead by Deacon Strong, are scandalized that their minister would fall in love with a circus girl, and so force Douglas to choose between his sweetheart and his church. Meanwhile, Polly, learning that her circus friends are in desperate need of money, enters Bingo in a horse race and, to spare the minister, rejoins the circus with her winnings. The next year the circus returns, and during a performance, the tent catches fire. Fear for Polly's safety reignites the reverend's love, and as he rushes to save her, the two are ... +


Orphaned after her mother, an aerialist in the circus, falls from the wires, little Polly is raised by Toby, the circus clown. Polly grows to adulthood in the circus, where she becomes a bareback rider. When she is badly injured while performing a double somersault, Polly is taken to the home of young minister John Douglas to recover. The circus leaves Polly and her horse Bingo behind, and gradually a love develops between the minister and his ward. The town gossips, lead by Deacon Strong, are scandalized that their minister would fall in love with a circus girl, and so force Douglas to choose between his sweetheart and his church. Meanwhile, Polly, learning that her circus friends are in desperate need of money, enters Bingo in a horse race and, to spare the minister, rejoins the circus with her winnings. The next year the circus returns, and during a performance, the tent catches fire. Fear for Polly's safety reignites the reverend's love, and as he rushes to save her, the two are reunited. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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