Sally of the Sawdust
|Sally of the Sawdust|
|Directed by||D. W. Griffith|
|Produced by||D. W. Griffith|
|Written by||Forrest Halsey, from play Poppy by Dorothy Donnelly|
|Edited by||Russell G. Shields|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Running time||104 minutes|
Sally of the Sawdust (1925) is an American silent comedy film, directed by D. W. Griffith, starring W. C. Fields, and based on the 1923 stage musical Poppy. Fields would later star in a second film version, Poppy (1936).
Because she married a circus performer, Judge Foster (Erville Alderson) casts out his only daughter. Just before her death a few years later, she leaves her little girl Sally (Carol Dempster) in the care of her friend McGargle (W.C. Fields), a good-natured crook, juggler and faker. Sally grows up in this atmosphere and is unaware of her parentage. McGargle, realizing his responsibility to the child, gets a job with a carnival company playing at Great Meadows, where the Fosters live. A real estate boom has made them wealthy. Sally is a hit with her dancing. Peyton (Alfred Lunt), the son of Judge Foster's friend, falls in love with Sally. To save him, the Judge arranges to have McGargle and Sally arrested. McGargle escapes, but Sally is hunted down and brought back. McGargle, hearing of Sally's plight, steals a Flivver, and after many delays, reaches the courtroom and presents proof of Sally's parentage. The Judge dismisses the case and his wife takes Sally in her arms, but Peyton's claim is stronger and she agrees to become his wife. McGargle is persuaded to remain and is found an outlet for his peculiar talents in selling real estate.
- Carol Dempster as Sally
- W. C. Fields as Professor Eustace McGargle
- Alfred Lunt as Peyton Lennox
- Erville Alderson as Judge Henry L. Foster
- Effie Shannon as Mrs. Foster
- Charles Hammond as Lennox, Sr.
- Roy Applegate as the Detective
- Florence Fair as Miss Vinton
- Marie Shotwell as Society Leader
- Glenn Anders as Leon, the Acrobat
- Harrison Ford in undetermined role (uncredited)
- James Kirkwood, Sr. in undetermined role (uncredited)
- Tammany Young as Yokel in the old army game (uncredited)
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- "Progressive Silent Film List: Sally of the Sawdust". Silent Era. Retrieved 2010-01-23.
- Sally of the Sawdust (1925) at IMDb, full cast and credits
- Sally of the Sawdust at the Internet Movie Database
- trailer to Sally of the Sawdust available for download at Archive.org