The Circus



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. Charlie Chaplin

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Charlie Chaplin

    Charlie 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. Harry Crocker

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

  5. George Davis

    A Magician

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The Circus
The Circus


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Status Released

Release Information

  • January 6, 1928


    All ages admitted. There is no content that would be objectionable to most parents. This is one of only two ratings dating back to 1968 that still exists today.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 11m

Budget $9,000,000.00

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