Shirley of the Circus (1922)

Genres - Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Shirley Mason is well-cast as Nita, an acrobatic circus dancer, in this romantic melodrama. Nita's guardian is Max, owner of the circus and its chief acrobat (Alan Hale), and her sweetheart is another acrobat, Pierre (George O'Hara). While the circus is traveling through France, Nita attracts the attention of artist James Blackthorne (Crauford Kent), who offers to send her away to get an education. She accepts, but she winds up leaving the convent school because she is scared of Max, and she runs away to Blackthorne's home. But his fiancee is annoyed by her presence so she reluctantly returns to the circus. Max, who wants Nita for himself, purposely lets Pierre miss his grasp during a performance and he is injured. Then the lions go out of control, sending the whole tent into a panic. But Nita and Pierre overcome all these situations and remain together.

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artist, circus-performer, first-love, love, reunion