Mae Marsh’s career post-1916 is often dismissed as unworthy of study but Polly of the Circus proves this notion to be wrong. A tight little circus melodrama, Polly also delivers some surprisingly deep questions about faith, religious hypocrisy, love and loyalty.
This picture was designed around Marsh’s strengths and her talent for playing vulnerable young women. She does a beautiful job with the part, striking just the right balance between naive and worldly. This is a must-see for her fans.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Hypocrites are exposed and Polly gets her man.
If it were a dessert it would be: Caramel Apples. Old school in the best possible way.
Availability: Released on DVD by Grapevine.
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