English intertitles Release dateFebruary 15, 1926 (1926-02-15) WriterH.H. Caldwell (titles), Benjamin Christensen (screenplay), Benjamin Christensen (story), Katherine Hilliker (titles) CastNorma Shearer (Mary), Charles Emmett Mack (Carlstop), Carmel Myers (Yonna), John Miljan (Lieberkind), Claire McDowell (Mrs. Peterson), Joyce Coad (Little Anita) Similar moviesDumbo, The Last Romantic Lover, Wallenda, The Wagons Roll at Night, The Walk, Alexander
A man (Charles Emmett Mack) falls in love with a former trapezist (Norma Shearer) victimized by a jealous woman (Carmel Myers).
The Devils Circus is a 1926 silent drama film directed by Danish director Benjamin Christensen, based upon his screenplay. The film stars Norma Shearer and Charles Emmett Mack. It was the first of seven films directed by Christensen in the United States, and one of only four of those films that have not been lost.
The action begins in 1913, where our hero Carl (Charles Emmett Mack) is released from prison, where he served a sentence for stealing. Spurned by his circumstance, Carl rejects God and resumes his fast life of crime. Before long, however, his fate intersects with that of Mary, a devout orphan (played by Norma Shearer, with her future screen persona already intact), prompting a romance and a reevaluation.
Mary and Carlstop are a trapeze artist and a pickpocket who get themselves almost fatally involved with Lieberkind, a lion-tamer, and his jealous wife Yonna.
Norma Shearer - Mary
Charles Emmett Mack - Carlstop
Carmel Myers - Yonna
John Miljan - Lieberkind
Claire McDowell - Mrs. Peterson
Joyce Coad - Little Anita
Norma Shearer appears in The Devils Circus and He Who Gets Slapped. Norma Shearer appears in The Devils Circus and The Divorcee. Norma Shearer appears in The Devils Circus and Lady of the Night. Benjamin Christensen directed The Devils Circus and Mockery. Man - Woman and Sin (1927).
Thought to have been lost, a print of The Devils Circus was rediscovered and has been preserved by George Eastman House. Funding for the films restoration was provided by The Film Foundation.