The Circus

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Charlie, a wandering tramp, becomes a circus handyman and falls in love with the circus owner's daughter. Unaware of Charlie's affection, the girl falls in love with a handsome young performer. Charlie's versatility makes him star of the show when he substitutes for an ailing tightwire walker. He is discharged from the company when he protects the girl from her father's abuse, but he returns and appeals to the handsome performer to marry the girl. After the wedding the father prevails upon them to rejoin the circus. Charlie is hired again, but he stays behind when the caravan moves on.

  1. Charles Chaplin

    Director, Writer

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  1. Charles Chaplin

    Charles Chaplin

    A Tramp

  2. Al Ernest Garcia

    Al Ernest Garcia

    The Circus Proprietor and Ring Master (as Allan Garcia)

  3. Merna Kennedy

    Merna Kennedy

    His Step-daughter, A Circus Rider

  4. HC

    Harry Crocker

    Rex, A Tight Rope Walker / Disgruntled Property Man / Clown

  5. GD

    George Davis

    A Magician

  6. Henry Bergman

    Henry Bergman

    An Old Clown

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 11m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • January 6, 1928
    G, Theatrical



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

When I'm faced with challenges in my life, I am somewhat heartened by something I learned as a child, that an oyster has to be irritated by a grain of sand in order to eventually make a pearl. That knowledge always made the load I was carrying seem less significant, and helped me to see the light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak. Cinematically speaking, at least in the fine age of silent movies, one of the most difficult gestation periods for the birth of a great film was the highly traumatic 11 months of production for one of Sir Charles Chaplin's masterpieces, 'The Circus'.

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