Sawdust Ring (1917)

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For reasons unknown, it took two directors to put the modestly budgeted The Sawdust Ring together. Bessie Love stars as Janet Magie, an awkward country girl who aspires to become a circus bareback rider. Together with her bucolic boyfriend Peter Weldon (Harold Goodwin), Janet runs away from home and joins a travelling circus. The couple's efforts to make their dreams come true alternate between the comic and the pathetic, and for a while the audience isn't sure that Janet will enjoy the happy ending she so richly deserves. Though she had yet to reach her twentieth birthday, Bessie Love was already an actress of considerable range and skill.

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