Sally of the Sawdust

Sally of the Sawdust

Director: D.W. Griffith Cast: Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, Alfred Lunt


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Pioneering filmmaker D.W. Griffith directed W.C. Fields in his first starring role in this silent comedy. When Mary Foster runs away from home to marry her sweetheart, a circus performer, she does so against the wishes of her socially prominent parents (Erville Alderson and Effie Shannon), who make no secret of their anger and disappointment. Mary begins travelling with her husband, and she makes friends with Prof. Eustace McGargle (W.C. Fields), a crusty but good-hearted cardsharp working with the carnival. When both Mary and her husband die, their daughter Sally is left in McGargle's care. Sally grows to adulthood (now played by Carol Dempster) and becomes a dancer with the circus; while McGargle has grown quite fond of the child, he wonders if she might not be better off with her grandparents, who can better provide for her and give her a stable home, though he's kept their identity a secret from her. While performing in the town of Green Meadows, Sally catches the eye of the wealthy and charming Payton Lennox (Alfred Lunt), but Sally must overcome the prejudices of Payton's parents, who do not consider a showgirl to be fit company for their son. However, a sympathetic local woman hires Sally to dance at an upcoming society recital -- not knowing that Sally is, in fact, her granddaughter. Sally of the Sawdust was based on a play that Fields had starred in on Broadway; he also starred in a sound remake entitled Poppy.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/09/2015
UPC: 0644827127924
Original Release: 1925
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 52,200

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Dempster Sally
W.C. Fields Prof. Eustace P. McGargle
Alfred Lunt Peyton Lennox
Erville Alderson Judge Henry L. Foster
Effie Shannon Mrs. Foster
Charles Hammond Mr. Lennox, Sr.
Florence Fair Miss Vinton
Marie Shotwell Society Lady
William "Shorty" Blanche Stooge
Tammany Young Yokel in the Old Army Game
Roy Applegate Detective
Glenn Anders Leon the Acrobat

Technical Credits
D.W. Griffith Director,Producer
Erville Alderson Asst. Director
Harry A. Fischbeck Cinematographer
Forrest Halsey Screenwriter
Charles Kirk Production Designer
Hal Sintzenich Cinematographer
James Smith Editor
Donald Sosin Score Composer
Frank Walsh Asst. Director

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