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According to the Var review, approximately 15 min. of the film contained ... More Less

According to the Var review, approximately 15 min. of the film contained dialogue. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Apr 1929.
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New York Times
15 Apr 1929
p. 22.
Variety
17 Apr 1929.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal-Jewel
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Dial
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Charlatan by Ernest Pascal and Leonard Praskins (New York, 24 Apr 1922).
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 April 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 March 1929
Copyright Number:
LP259
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Talking seq by Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
6,097
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peter Dwight, a circus clown, is deserted by his wife, Florence, who runs off with wealthy Richard Talbot, taking their little daughter with her. Fifteen years pass. Posing as a Hindu seer, Dwight finds his wife just as she is planning to leave Talbot for another man. On the night of the elopement, Dwight entertains during a society party at which Florence is a guest. Florence is killed, and the district attorney attempts to arrest Dwight. Outsmarting the man, Dwight locks him up and then impersonates him, proving that Talbot murdered Florence to keep her from running out on him. Dwight is cleared of all suspicion and reunited with his ... +


Peter Dwight, a circus clown, is deserted by his wife, Florence, who runs off with wealthy Richard Talbot, taking their little daughter with her. Fifteen years pass. Posing as a Hindu seer, Dwight finds his wife just as she is planning to leave Talbot for another man. On the night of the elopement, Dwight entertains during a society party at which Florence is a guest. Florence is killed, and the district attorney attempts to arrest Dwight. Outsmarting the man, Dwight locks him up and then impersonates him, proving that Talbot murdered Florence to keep her from running out on him. Dwight is cleared of all suspicion and reunited with his daughter. +

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

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