The incredibly complex plot of Republic's Star of the Circus can be whittled down to a single sentence: A jealous circus magician is hoist on his own petard when he tries to eliminate his rival for the affections of a beautiful dancer. Otto Kruger plays the villain, an illusionist called The Great Garvin; Gertrude Michael is the dancer, a long-stemmed lovely named Yester; and Patrick Barr is Truxa, Yester's high-wire-artist lover. What particularly sticks in Garvin's craw is the fact that he thought he'd already killed Truxa. But in fact he has been taken in by a double deception, revealed only in the final few minutes. British actor John Clements, later the star of The Four Feathers, makes his American debut in Star of the Circus, while that gifted pantomimist Gene Sheldon--who also coscripted the film--plays a major role (Fans of TV's Zorro will remember Sheldon as the mute servant Bernardo).
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