Merry-Go-Round (1923)

Romance | 3 September 1923

Director:

Rupert Julian

Producer:

Irving Thalberg

Cinematographers:

William Daniels, Charles Kaufman

Production Designer:

E. E. Sheeley

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Producer Irving Thalberg replaced Erich von Stroheim, the film's original director, with Rupert Julian halfway through the production. In a telegram to the NYT , published 22 Jul 1923, Julian stated that with the exception of about 600 ft., the entire production was directed by him. That Finis Fox wrote the treatment is unconfirmed. No screen credit was given for writers. Fox's name appears in company records.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1923 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD. ... More Less

Producer Irving Thalberg replaced Erich von Stroheim, the film's original director, with Rupert Julian halfway through the production. In a telegram to the NYT , published 22 Jul 1923, Julian stated that with the exception of about 600 ft., the entire production was directed by him. That Finis Fox wrote the treatment is unconfirmed. No screen credit was given for writers. Fox's name appears in company records.
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1923 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Jul 1923.
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Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
New York Times
2 Jul 1923
p. 16.
Variety
4 Jul 1923
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal Super-Jewel
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Adpt
Story
Trmt
Titles
Art titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Merry Go Round
Release Date:
3 September 1923
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 1 July 1923
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
16 June 1923
Copyright Number:
LP19121
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
9,178
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg, young and dashing personal aide to Franz Josef in prewar Vienna, though engaged to the stately Countess Gisella (daughter of the war minister), encounters pretty ingenue Agnes Urban. She is an organ-grinder for a merry-go-round and employee (along with Sylvester, her father, a puppeteer), of Shani Huber, a brutal concessionaire. The count, posing as a necktie salesman, courts the comely lass, his infatuation deepening; realizing his love, he tries unsuccessfully to break off his engagement, and the wedding takes place as planned. Agnes and her father denounce the count when they discover his imposture, but Agnes continues to care for him. During the war Agnes bands together with some of the circus people, including Bartholomew, a hunchback and fellow circus worker in love with her, whose pet orangutan kills the evil Huber. The count meets Sylvester Urban dying on the battlefield and is stunned at the old man's hateful denunciation, delivered with his dying breath. Franz returns from the war a widower, stripped of his rank. He is rejected by Agnes, who, believing him dead, has promised to marry Bartholomew, but Franz and Agnes are united when Bartholomew steps ... +


Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg, young and dashing personal aide to Franz Josef in prewar Vienna, though engaged to the stately Countess Gisella (daughter of the war minister), encounters pretty ingenue Agnes Urban. She is an organ-grinder for a merry-go-round and employee (along with Sylvester, her father, a puppeteer), of Shani Huber, a brutal concessionaire. The count, posing as a necktie salesman, courts the comely lass, his infatuation deepening; realizing his love, he tries unsuccessfully to break off his engagement, and the wedding takes place as planned. Agnes and her father denounce the count when they discover his imposture, but Agnes continues to care for him. During the war Agnes bands together with some of the circus people, including Bartholomew, a hunchback and fellow circus worker in love with her, whose pet orangutan kills the evil Huber. The count meets Sylvester Urban dying on the battlefield and is stunned at the old man's hateful denunciation, delivered with his dying breath. Franz returns from the war a widower, stripped of his rank. He is rejected by Agnes, who, believing him dead, has promised to marry Bartholomew, but Franz and Agnes are united when Bartholomew steps aside. +

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