The Show-Off (1926 film)
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|Directed by||Malcolm St. Clair|
|Written by||George Kelly (play)|
Pierre Collings (scenario)
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
Jesse L. Lasky
|Edited by||Ralph Block|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|August 16, 1926|
|7 reels (82 minutes)|
The Show-Off is a 1926 American silent film comedy produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures, based on the play of the same name by George Kelly. Directed by Mal St. Clair, the film stars Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks.
It's one of two films that co-starred popular Broadway actor Gregory Kelly (first husband of Ruth Gordon) who died shortly after The Show-Off wrapped production. The film was produced in Philadelphia and New York City thus becoming a sort of time capsule record of buildings long gone and neighborhoods changed.
- Ford Sterling as Aubrey Piper
- Lois Wilson as Amy Fisher Piper
- Louise Brooks as Clara, Joe's Girl
- Gregory Kelly as Joe Fisher
- Claire McDowell as Mom Fisher
- Charles Goodrich as Pop Fisher
- Joseph W. Smiley as Railroad Executive
Preserved at the Library of Congress, the film can be found in near mint condition on a Library of Congress related DVD.
The film has been remade a number of times:
- with Hal Skelly and Doris Hill as Men Are Like That (1930).
- as The Show-Off (1934) with Spencer Tracy, Madge Evans, and Lois Wilson in a different role.
- as The Show-Off (1946) with Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell.
- On February 2, 1955, a 60-minute version of the play aired on the CBS Television series The Best of Broadway.