Now regarded as a landmark film but virtually disowned by MGM when it was first produced, Browning’s film, set in a travelling circus, works as an old-fashioned morality play against avarice. Browning used a collection of handicapped actors and performers for the circus community, which initially welcomes the beautiful trapeze artist Cleopatra into their group when she marries midget circus owner, Hans.
Part of the Study Room Guide on Live Art and Kids (P3091).
Meet the strangest people who ever lived, and read about: the notorious love affairs of midgets. Originally printed in a small edition and withdrawn after one month by the publisher, the book was out of print for nearly 20 years.