Bigger Than Barnum's (1926)

Melodrama | 15 August 1926

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Jul 1926.
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New York Times
13 Jul 1926
p. 19.
Variety
14 Jul 1926
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 August 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 10 July 1926
Copyright Claimant:
R-C Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22989
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,391
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To enliven business, a circus manager orders a tightrope troupe, consisting of Peter Blandin, his son Robert, and Juanita Calles, to work without safety nets. When Peter becomes too ill to perform, his son refuses to take his place, not wishing to endanger the life of Juanita, with whom he is in love. The father performs in spite of his illness and is seriously injured by a fall; Robert, branded a coward, leaves and becomes a vagrant, while Carl Ravelle, an arrogant wire walker, takes Blandin's place and forces his attentions on Juanita. When Blandin's hotel catches on fire, Robert, breaking through the firelines, walks across a telegraph wire and rescues his father from the burning building, thus proving his courage and winning the respect and love of ... +


To enliven business, a circus manager orders a tightrope troupe, consisting of Peter Blandin, his son Robert, and Juanita Calles, to work without safety nets. When Peter becomes too ill to perform, his son refuses to take his place, not wishing to endanger the life of Juanita, with whom he is in love. The father performs in spite of his illness and is seriously injured by a fall; Robert, branded a coward, leaves and becomes a vagrant, while Carl Ravelle, an arrogant wire walker, takes Blandin's place and forces his attentions on Juanita. When Blandin's hotel catches on fire, Robert, breaking through the firelines, walks across a telegraph wire and rescues his father from the burning building, thus proving his courage and winning the respect and love of Juanita. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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