The Show Off
|The Show Off|
|Directed by||Malcolm St. Clair|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
|Written by||George Kelly (play)
Pierre Collings (scenario)
|Edited by||Ralph Block|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|August 16, 1926|
|7 reels (82 minutes)|
The Show Off (1926) is a silent film comedy produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mal St. Clair, and starring Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks. The film is based on a 1924 Broadway play by George Kelly that starred Louis John Bartels in the leading role, and had Lee Tracy in the cast.
This film is one of two films that costarred 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.
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 with Red Skelton (1946).
- On February 2, 1955, a 60-minute version of the play aired on the CBS Television series The Best of Broadway.
- 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
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