The Merry-Go-Round (1923)





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Best known today as the film which cost director Erich Von Stroheim his job at Universal Studios, Merry Go Round contains enough Von Stroheim touches to suggest that "official" director Rupert Julian merely tied together the film's loose ends. The titular merry-go-round is owned by the unspeakable George Siegmann, who inflicts all sorts of casual cruelties upon organ-grinder Mary Philbin. In addition to enduring Siegmann, Philbin must decide whether or not Austrian-count Norman Kerry truly loves her, or is merely toying with her in the months before his arranged marriage with countess Dorothy Wallace. The latter seems to be the case when Kerry goes through with his marriage. While fighting in the Franco-Prussian war, Kerry fortuitously comes across Philbin's dying father (Cesare Gravina), who roundly chastises the count before expiring. After the war, an impoverished and widowed Kerry tries to make amends to Philbin, who by now is herself engaged to hunchbacked circus performer George Hackathorne. A happy ending is in store for all concerned except the villainous Siegmann (remember him?), who suffers an appropriately grisly demise.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Dale Fuller
as Mariana Huber
George Siegmann
as Shani Huber
Dorothy Wallace
as Komtasse Gisella von Steinbrueck
Al Edmundsen
as Nepomuck Navrital
Anton Vaverka
as Emperor Franz Josef
Cesare Gravina
as Sylvester Urban
George Hackathorne
as Bartholomew Gruber
Albert Conti
as Rudi/Baron von Leightsinn
Edna May Oliver
as Eitel/Prince Eitel Hogemut
Edith Yorke
as Ursula Urban
Norman Kerry
as Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg
Mary Philbin
as Agnes Urban
Charles King
as Nicki/Baron von Nubenmuth
Lillian Sylvester
as Mrs. Aurora Rossreiter
Spottiswood Aitken
as Minister of War/Gisella's Father
Sidney Bracey
as Gisella's Groom
Maude George
as Mme. Elvira
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A different kind of story, and I liked it for being different and about the strange characters like the hunchback, but in the end the plot is very predictable. I would like to see this again sometime, though.

Aj V
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