Polly Puts Gable In A Pulpit ...
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Uncertain Beginnings for a Star-In-Making: Polly Of The Circus (1932)
Talking remake of a yarn that had hit big for Mae Marsh in 1917, fifteen years separation of the two that might as well have been a hundred for sweeping change in movies. Polly's main title read "A Marion Davies Production," which I guess was about as meaningful as "A Buster Keaton Production" where he had as little creative control. Davies was maybe slipping: Polly barely took a profit, gain likely attributed to Clark Gable support on marquees. He worked like a plow horse that year --- honestly, how much sleep could the man have been getting? CG's wildly miscast as person of the cloth, clerical collar and all, which shows how experimental studio set-up was in days when stars incubated so rapidly. I like Gable's intro however: he's first shown wrestling a gym opponent to the mat, establishing he-man bonafides, then dons the reverse collar, this way assuring us he'll not turn-other-cheek to opposition. Metro would use the same gag to ID Spencer Tracy's two-fist priest in
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