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The Sideshow (1928)

Melrose's circus is being threatened by his competitor, who's angry that Melrose has outmanuevered him in bookings; what he doesn't know is that the competitor has also planted a saboteur ... See full summary »

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Howard J. Green (screenplay), Howard J. Green (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marie Prevost ... Queenie Parker
Ralph Graves ... Gentleman Ted Rogers
'Little Billy' Rhodes 'Little Billy' Rhodes ... P.W. Melrose (as Little Billy)
Alan Roscoe ... Ghandi
Pat Harmon ... Bowen - the Canvas Boss
R.E. 'Tex' Madsen R.E. 'Tex' Madsen ... Tall Man (as Texas Madesen)
Martha McGruger Martha McGruger ... Fat Lady
Steve Clemente Steve Clemente ... Knife Thrower (as Steve Clemento)
Janet Ford Janet Ford ... Knife Thrower's Aide
Paul Desmuke Paul Desmuke ... Armless Man
Bert Price Bert Price ... Tattooed Man
Chester Morton Chester Morton ... Thin Man
Jacques Ray Jacques Ray ... Fire Eater
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Storyline

Melrose's circus is being threatened by his competitor, who's angry that Melrose has outmanuevered him in bookings; what he doesn't know is that the competitor has also planted a saboteur who creates accidents in hopes of reducing the value of the circus. Meanwhile, he's also hired a beautiful young woman as the magician's assistant, with eyes toward more - but he realizes that, as a midget, she won't have him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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THE GREATEST CIRCUS STORY EVER FILMED- SOMETHING NEW! INTENSELY THRILLING ADVENTURE. YOUR CHANCE TO GET THE THRILLS OF A BIG CIRCUS. (Print Ad- Otsego Farmer, ((Cooperstown NY)) 4 January 1929) See more »


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

11 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El palacio de lona See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Performance of 'Little Billy' Rhodes' career
31 August 2003 | by dcole-2See all my reviews

This is a solid, entertaining drama from veteran director Erle C. Kenton. But the standout is a superb performance from 'Little Billy' Rhodes as the owner of a circus who is hopelessly in love with a 'normal-sized' woman and doesn't do anything about it. Rhodes brings out the despair and strength of this man who can be tough and demanding and tragic -- all within seconds in a scene. A great job in a good film. One wonders if Tod Browning saw this movie and maybe was inspired a little for his classic "FREAKS".


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