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The Show-Off (1926)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 16 August 1926 (USA)
A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a $30-a-week clerk) catches a young bride and then drives her family's finances to the brink of ruin.

Director:

Malcolm St. Clair

Writers:

George Kelly (from the comedy by), Pierre Collings (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ford Sterling ... Aubrey Piper
Claire McDowell ... Mom Fisher (as Clare Mc Dowell)
Charles Goodrich Charles Goodrich ... Pop Fisher (as C.W. Goodrich)
Lois Wilson ... Amy Fisher
Louise Brooks ... Clara
Gregory Kelly Gregory Kelly ... Joe Fisher
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A blowhard who poses as a railroad executive (but is really just a $30-a-week clerk) catches a young bride and then drives her family's finances to the brink of ruin. Written by David S. Smith

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Før og efter brylluppet See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Silent
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Lois Wilson, who plays Amy Fisher in this film, played Clara Harling in the 1934 remake. See more »

Quotes

Clara, Joe's Girl: [title card] Listen to me, you big blow! It's time somebody put you wise to yourself! You've ruined Joe's future! You're just a four-flusher - a Show-Off - you couldn't be square with yourself!
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Alternate Versions

Kino International distributes a version with a violin and piano music score, compiled and directed by Timothy Brock. The copyright is by Film Preservation Associates in 1998, and the running time is 82 minutes. Judging from the copyright length of the film, this version was run at about 20 frames per second, a comfortable silent speed rate. See more »

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Version of Men Are Like That (1930) See more »

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First film version of George Kelly play mildly entertaining
7 January 1999 | by pooch-8See all my reviews

The chief reason to see Malcolm St. Clair's production of The Show-Off today is the presence of luminous Louise Brooks, who (as usual) lights up the screen with an intensity and beauty that far exceeds the requirements of her small "girl next door" role. Ford Sterling (best known as the chief of the Keystone Kops) plays the title part, and he does very little (until it is far too late) to make the character even remotely likable. His Aubrey Piper is such an insufferable blowhard that Brooks' vicious admonishment of his boorish behavior is one of the film's highlights.


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