Polly Of The Circus

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

As in his later picture PARNELL, Gable was woefully miscast in this one. He's a reverend at a church and they remove any onus of that by showing him boxing in the first reel, just to let us know he's not a namby-pamby. Davies is a trapeze artist working in a circus, and when she falls and is hurt, the first place they take her is to the conveniently located...read more

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As in his later picture PARNELL, Gable was woefully miscast in this one. He's a reverend at a church and they remove any onus of that by showing him boxing in the first reel, just to let us know he's not a namby-pamby. Davies is a trapeze artist working in a circus, and when she falls

and is hurt, the first place they take her is to the conveniently located home of Gable. Since the movie is only 72 minutes long, Gable and Davies soon fall in love as she recovers from her injuries and they decide to make it legal, albeit quietly so. Gable prevails on Davies to quit the circus as

there is too much danger in doing her act. No sooner do they tell everyone they are married than Gable is fired from his job as many of the blue-nose members of his flock begin to make noise about Gable having taken an unsuitable wife. Stripped of his collar, Gable tries to find a job, but since

being a man of the cloth is so specific, he's hardly been trained for anything else, and encounters problems. Davies pleads with Smith, the bishop of the area, and tries to get Gable back into the fold, but Smith is adamantly opposed. Davies thinks that the only way Gable will be taken back is if

she leaves, so she goes back to the circus. Smith has some second thoughts about Gable, and, impressed by Davies and her sincerity, he tells Gable he can have his old position back and the heck with what the believers think. But Davies is gone! Gable and Smith correctly opine that Davies has

returned to the Big Top. They race to the location and find her high above the ground, about to do the same "triple twist" that caused her to fall in the first reel. She is nervous about repeating the difficult move but gets her confidence back when she looks down and sees Gable and Smith. She

does the trick and is later rewarded by a kiss from the husband she loves so much, as well as the approval of Smith. Gable as a preacher was limited in his ability to be the romantic hero he'd played in so many prior films. Thus, he exhibited great decorum and was boring. Davies was actually

better than Gable and showed a dramatic side to her acting that had not been seen before as she'd previously starred in a series of lightweight comedies, with her longtime lover, W.R. Hearst, keeping an eye on her career. This was a remake of Goldwyn's 1917 silent version, which starred Mae

Marsh.

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  • Review: As in his later picture PARNELL, Gable was woefully miscast in this one. He's a reverend at a church and they remove any onus of that by showing him boxing in the first reel, just to let us know he's not a namby-pamby. Davies is a trapeze artist working in… (more)

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