Merry-Go-Round (1923) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Rupert Julian and Erich von Stroheim and produced by Irving Thalberg.
Sunny (1930): Bareback Rider Plays Marriage Merry-Go-RoundBy FlickChick on Nov 11, 2016 From A Person in the Dark
This is my entry in the Circus Blogathon hosted by Critica Retro and Serendipitous Anachronisms. Click HERE for more Big Top excitement! Sunny (1930) Sunny in her circus costume. Wasn't she a pretty little bareback rider? "Sunny" started out with high hopes. It was based upon a successful B... Read full article
Lee Tracy Bigmouth Theatre: "Clear All Wires" and "Washington Merry-Go-Round"By David on Oct 16, 2013 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Between 1929-35, Lee Tracy appeared in more than twenty films as a reporter, shyster lawyer, press agent, publicity man, promoter, politician and puppeteer. And in all of them he. Talked. All. The. Time. Fast, and with authority, punctuating his words with jabs into the air. Or, when he is "contri... Read full article
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During production, Erich von Stroheim was fired and replaced by Rupert Julian. Julian re-shot most of the scenes that had already been filmed, and the story was altered from von Stroheim's original vision. The only scenes filmed by von Stroheim that survive in the film are the opening scenes with the count arising and dressing and his conversation with Gisella, the wild loving cup party, and the count bringing Agnes to Madame Elvira's parlor and her seeing a piano and music about how she wanted to play but could not afford lessons. The entire footage accounts for less than ten minutes.
During the year-long production of Erich von Stroheim's Foolish Wives, producer Irving Thalberg had been unable to fire the megalomaniac director because he was the star of the movie as well. Thanks to von Stroheim's excesses in sets and costumes and his refusal to stop filming new scenes, the cost of the film ballooned to over $1 million (an astronomical sum for the day) before Thalberg was able to shut down production on it. For this film, von Stroheim promised to bring it in on time and under budget. Thalberg didn't believe him, and insisted that silent star Norman Kerry, not von Stroheim, should be the star of the movie. After six weeks of shooting, it was clear to Thalberg that von Stroheim's excesses and haphazard shooting schedule were going to take the movie over budget again. Thalberg fired von Stroheim, and replaced him with director Rupert Julian.
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