This part-talkie (17 minutes of dialogue in its 83-minute running time) stars Janet Gaynor as Christina, the daughter of Dutch toymaker Niklaas (Rudolph Schildkraut). Much to her dad's dismay, Christina falls in love with sideshow huckster Jan (Charles Morton). Likewise disapproving of the romance is Jan's jealous employer Mme. Bosman (Lucy Dorraine), who frames the young man on an embezzlement charge. Escaping conviction, Jan rushes back to Christina's village to rescue her from an arranged marriage. It says here that Christina was based on a story by Tristan Tupper, but it sure sounds a lot like Ferenc Molnar's Liliom. … More
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