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According to contemporary news items from 1916--1918, Nellie Revell (1873--1958), a pioneering woman journalist and publicist, wrote a three-act play about circus life, in which the main character was a female bareback rider. The play was entitled Spangles and was completed by Jul 1918. Although several news accounts reported that theatrical impresario Oliver Morosco was to produce the play on Broadway in the fall of 1918, no information has been located to verify that the play ever went into production. Revell suffered a serious injury in 1919, and it is possible that her multi-year recuperation impacted on the play's production. In 1926, following the film's opening, Grosset and Dunlap published a novelization of the story, with illustrations from the ... More Less

According to contemporary news items from 1916--1918, Nellie Revell (1873--1958), a pioneering woman journalist and publicist, wrote a three-act play about circus life, in which the main character was a female bareback rider. The play was entitled Spangles and was completed by Jul 1918. Although several news accounts reported that theatrical impresario Oliver Morosco was to produce the play on Broadway in the fall of 1918, no information has been located to verify that the play ever went into production. Revell suffered a serious injury in 1919, and it is possible that her multi-year recuperation impacted on the play's production. In 1926, following the film's opening, Grosset and Dunlap published a novelization of the story, with illustrations from the film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Billboard
16 Jun 1916
p. 14.
Boston Globe
21 Jul 1918
p. 42.
Chicago Tribune
7 Jul 1928
p. C1.
Film Daily
31 Oct 1926.
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Variety
19 Jan 1927
p. 18.
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 November 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 August 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23055
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,633
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Spangles, the star bareback rider of the Bowman Circus, is engaged to the owner though she does not love him. Dick Radley, who is being sought by the police in a murder case, conceals himself in her berth on the circus train; and believing that he is innocent, Spangles helps him to evade capture. Bowman agrees to hire him as a driver in the chariot race, though his open attentions to Spangles arouse the jealousy of Bowman and the rival chariot racer, who fouls Dick in the race. Identifying Dick as the fugitive, Bowman threatens to inform on Dick unless Spangles relinquishes her plan to marry him. Later, Bowman is found dead; and though Dick is suspected, he is found to have already surrendered to the police. Dick is cleared but is attacked by the circus mob; Zip, a halfwit, reveals that the elephant Sultana killed Bowman when he abused the animal. Dick and Spangles are happily ... +


Spangles, the star bareback rider of the Bowman Circus, is engaged to the owner though she does not love him. Dick Radley, who is being sought by the police in a murder case, conceals himself in her berth on the circus train; and believing that he is innocent, Spangles helps him to evade capture. Bowman agrees to hire him as a driver in the chariot race, though his open attentions to Spangles arouse the jealousy of Bowman and the rival chariot racer, who fouls Dick in the race. Identifying Dick as the fugitive, Bowman threatens to inform on Dick unless Spangles relinquishes her plan to marry him. Later, Bowman is found dead; and though Dick is suspected, he is found to have already surrendered to the police. Dick is cleared but is attacked by the circus mob; Zip, a halfwit, reveals that the elephant Sultana killed Bowman when he abused the animal. Dick and Spangles are happily united. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


Subject

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

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