Circus Shadows (1935)

Genres - Mystery  |   Run Time - 66 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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1932 WAMPAS Baby Star Dorothy Wilson was trapped in this mediocre circus melodrama from low-budget Peerless Pictures Corp. Wilson played Elaine Cavanaugh, whose mother, Stella (Dorothy Revier), joined a traveling tent show after being ostracized by her husband's wealthy family. The story repeats itself years later when Elaine breaks up with her wealthy boyfriend Dale Wentworth (Kane Richmond), whose aunt (Gladys Gale) and snobbish sister (Anne Hovey) warn him against getting involved with show people. At the circus, Elaine works as the assistant to fake astrologer Zirillo (William Ruhl). When Dale later accuses the act of swindling his aunt, Elaine pretends to be in on the ruse, hoping that he will forget her. Tommy (Sumner Getchell), a former pickpocket and Elaine's friend, tells Dale that Elaine believed Zirillo to be the genuine article and the lovers are reunited.



carnival, con/scam, deception, victim