The Side Show of Life

The Side Show of Life

1924 film poster, likenesses of Ernest Torrence and Anna Q. Nilsson
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by Herbert Brenon
Jesse L. Lasky
Adolph Zukor
Screenplay by Scenarios:
Willis Goldbeck
Julie Herne
Based on The Mountebank (novel)
by William J. Locke
The Mountebank (play)
by Ernest Denny
Starring Ernest Torrence
Neil Hamilton
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • July 21, 1924 (1924-07-21) (New York City)

  • September 1, 1924 (1924-09-01) (Nationwide)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
with (English intertitles)

The Side Show of Life (1924) is a silent film produced by Famous Players-Lasky, directed by Herbert Brenon and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film is based on the novel The Mountebank by William J. Locke which had been turned into a play by Ernest Denny.

Ernest Torrence stars in the role of a clown during World War I similar to that of Lon Chaney's in He Who Gets Slapped that same year and Brenon's Laugh, Clown, Laugh four years later. Norman Trevor starred in the Broadway play in 1923.[1] This film may or may not be a lost film as evidence of a print in Gosfilmofond in Moscow has come forth.[2]



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