The Call of the Circus (1930)

60 mins | Drama | 15 January 1930

Director:

Frank O'Connor

Writer:

Maxine Alton

Cinematographer:

Louis Physioc

Production Company:

Pickwick Pictures
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Jan 1930.
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Variety
29 JUan 1930
p. 62.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
MUSIC
Mus score
SOURCES
SONGS
"Life Is Just a Circus," words and music by Maxine Alton and Aubrey Stauffer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 January 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 January 1930
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,466
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A retired clown (The Man) tells a girl, whom he meets at a well, that he is looking for a circus, and he goes on to recount the story of his life since leaving the circus with his wife (The Woman): Things go smoothly for a time; The Boy (The Woman's son by a previous marriage) and The Shadow also leave the circus to live with the couple. But the call of the circus is too strong, and first The Shadow, then The Boy, return. Soon afterward, The Man rescues a young girl (The Girl) from an accident and falls in love with her. Realizing what is happening, The Woman leaves after sending for The Boy, and, as she has anticipated, The Boy and The Girl fall in love. The Man finally recognizes his "love" as merely an attraction to The Girl's youth, he finds The Woman and makes amends, and they return to the circus ... +


A retired clown (The Man) tells a girl, whom he meets at a well, that he is looking for a circus, and he goes on to recount the story of his life since leaving the circus with his wife (The Woman): Things go smoothly for a time; The Boy (The Woman's son by a previous marriage) and The Shadow also leave the circus to live with the couple. But the call of the circus is too strong, and first The Shadow, then The Boy, return. Soon afterward, The Man rescues a young girl (The Girl) from an accident and falls in love with her. Realizing what is happening, The Woman leaves after sending for The Boy, and, as she has anticipated, The Boy and The Girl fall in love. The Man finally recognizes his "love" as merely an attraction to The Girl's youth, he finds The Woman and makes amends, and they return to the circus together. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic, Carnival/Circus


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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