THE SILENT TREATMENT: The Star of the Sideshow + The Sideshow

Feat. live accompaniment from Cliff Retallick!

The Star of the Sideshow
A Thanhouser Company production, following a troupe of sideshow circus performers!

Dir. Lucius Henderson, 1912, 35mm, approx. 10 min.



With humble origins as a cheaply produced feature for Columbia Pictures—prior to It Happened One Night, back when the company was struggling, churning out gimmicky low-budget films destined for the shortest of runs—The Sideshow, though rarely screened, has remained noteworthy particularly for its “rare presentation of a little person in a sympathetic and adult role” (Richard Hildreth). It’s a tale of competition between two circus troupes, starring “Little Billy” Rhodes as the circus owner for the audience to root for, with a romantic twist thrown in—he longs for former chorus girl Marie Prevost—in this rare presentation!!

Dir. Erle C. Kenton, 1928, 35mm, 70 min.