Side Show (1931)

66 mins | Comedy-drama | 19 September 1931

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Cinematographer:

Dev Jennings

Editor:

James Gibbon

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

MPH notes that Winnie Lightner shows off her talents as a mimic by performing various circus acts, such as the "Wild Man of Borneo," hula dancing and high ... More Less

MPH notes that Winnie Lightner shows off her talents as a mimic by performing various circus acts, such as the "Wild Man of Borneo," hula dancing and high diving. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
25 May 31
p. 7.
Film Daily
20 Sep 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 31
p. 26.
Motion Picture Herald
4 Jul 31
p. 31.
New York Times
19 Sep 31
p. 10.
Variety
22 Sep 31
p. 26.
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 September 1931
Production Date:
ended late May 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2454
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Pat, who keeps things running at Colonel Gowdy's circus, is in love with Joe, the barker. She keeps their affair secret, however, when her younger sister Irene joins the circus during her school vacation. The rest of the employees quit because the Colonel has not been able to pay them, and Pat takes their places. Pat plans a surprise birthday party for Joe and asks Irene to keep him occupied during the day. While they are together, Irene confesses that she has fallen in love with Joe and plans to drop out of school to stay with him. Joe also believes that he is in love with Irene. After a huge fight breaks out at the circus, Pat decides to send Irene home. Irene refuses to go, announcing that she wants to stay with Joe. Brokenhearted, Pat breaks off her relationship with Joe. Meanwhile, a troublemaker tells Irene about Joe and Pat, and Irene accuses her sister of sending her home to keep her away from Joe. Not knowing what else to do, Pat quits the circus. Before too long, Joe comes looking for her with Irene and her Aunt Sarah. Joe realizes that it is Pat that he loves. Irene is also happy to return home, finally admitting that she really loves her home-town boyfriend. Joe proposes to Pat and she eagerly ... +


Pat, who keeps things running at Colonel Gowdy's circus, is in love with Joe, the barker. She keeps their affair secret, however, when her younger sister Irene joins the circus during her school vacation. The rest of the employees quit because the Colonel has not been able to pay them, and Pat takes their places. Pat plans a surprise birthday party for Joe and asks Irene to keep him occupied during the day. While they are together, Irene confesses that she has fallen in love with Joe and plans to drop out of school to stay with him. Joe also believes that he is in love with Irene. After a huge fight breaks out at the circus, Pat decides to send Irene home. Irene refuses to go, announcing that she wants to stay with Joe. Brokenhearted, Pat breaks off her relationship with Joe. Meanwhile, a troublemaker tells Irene about Joe and Pat, and Irene accuses her sister of sending her home to keep her away from Joe. Not knowing what else to do, Pat quits the circus. Before too long, Joe comes looking for her with Irene and her Aunt Sarah. Joe realizes that it is Pat that he loves. Irene is also happy to return home, finally admitting that she really loves her home-town boyfriend. Joe proposes to Pat and she eagerly accepts. +

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