USA | 1927 | 76 min | Passed
Performers in a Budapest sideshow encounter love, greed, and murder.
Based on Charles Tenney Jackson’s 1910 novel The Day of Souls, The Show features John Gilbert as Cock Robin, a sideshow barker and salty lothario living in Budapest and looking to cash in on the women he abuses. Performing with his ex-lover (Renée Adorée) in a sultry Salome and Herod act, Robin risks life and limb at the hands of a jealous medicine show entrepreneur known as “The Greek” (Lionel Barrymore). Managing the carnival act’s brood of tempestuous female performers—including a human spider played by the ethereal and witchy Edna Tichenor (“Luna the Bat Girl” from London After Midnight)—is only half of Robin’s problem as he attempts to bamboozle a rich heiress and avoid the murderous intentions of “The Greek” and his henchman “The Ferret.” A polished and stylish potboiler from the prestigious MGM, The Show is a rollercoaster of wonders and horrors!
Director: Tod Browning
Cast: John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Lionel Barrymore
Silent Revue is curated by Alicia Fletcher
Live accompaniment by Marilyn Lerner
Sponsored by Hollywood Suite and Bill Mohan Real Estate
General Admission: $15
Bronze Members, Students & Seniors: $12
Silver Members: $11
Gold Members: FREE
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