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The Show (1927)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 22 January 1927 (USA)
Performers in a Budapest sideshow encounter love, greed, and murder.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Waldemar Young (screen play), Charles Tenney Jackson (based on the 1910 novel "The Day of Souls") (as Charles Tenny Jackson) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Gilbert ... Cock Robin
Renée Adorée ... Salome
Lionel Barrymore ... The Greek
Edward Connelly ... The Soldier
Gertrude Short ... Lena
Andy MacLennan Andy MacLennan ... The Ferret (as Andy Mac Lennan)
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Storyline

In a none-too-prestigious side show in Budapest, a performer named Cock Robin has a jealous lover who plays Salome in a decapitation-illusion act. He also has a vicious rival in a quack medicine show entrepreneur who plots to rig the act so to do in Robin. Written by WesternOne

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Strange were these figures in the show the crowds gaped at. But stranger by far the drama of underworld life they played back of the scenes! An amazing romance, a lurid tale of a rogue, torn between baser passions and a girl's redeeming love. (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Longmont Colo.)) 24 September 1927) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El palacio de las maravillas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$395,825
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(2007 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

To get the illusion of a vicious attack on the iguana, the crew placed the reptile on a metal plate and sent electricity through it. See more »

Quotes

Salome: I just gave back a present he gave me once
The Greek: If it's his heart you want I'll cut it out and give it to you!
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Alternate Versions

In 2007, Turner Entertainment Co. copyrighted a 76-minute version of this film (plus 1 minute for additional music credits), with a music score composed by Darrell Raby. The film's world premiere television broadcast by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) occurred on 28 January 2007. See more »

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Very Good
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Show, The (1927)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rare and nearly forgotten film from Tod Browning that would play a major influence on his film Freaks. Set inside a Budapest carnival, a love triangle develops between a handsome actor (John Gilbert), a crazy Greek (Lionel Barrymore) and the woman (Renee Adoree) they both love. Browning's direction is top notch here and I might go as far to say this is the best directing I've seen from him. As usual with his silent pictures, the mood and atmosphere is very rich and thick. The meanness and weirdness of the characters and story leaps right off the screen with some very memorable scenes including a decapitation. There's a scene on the stage where Barrymore plots to kill Gilbert that is highly intense and perfectly staged. The three leads are all terrific and the inside jokes about Gilbert's good looks are funny as well. "Freaks" like the Human Spider, the Half Woman and a mermaid also make an appearance.


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