The Circus of Life (1917 film)

The Circus of Life is a 1917 American silent drama directed by Rupert Julian and Elsie Jane Wilson based on the story by Rupert Julian. The film stars Elsie Jane Wilson. The photoplay produced by the Butterfly Company and released on June 4, 1917, by Universal Pictures.[1][2]

The Circus of Life
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Directed byRupert Julian
Elsie Jane Wilson
Produced byButterfly Feature
Written byElliott J. Clawson
StarringElsie Jane Wilson
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1917 (1917-June)
Running time
5 reels
LanguageSilent (English intertitles


Danny, driver of a beer wagon, marries Mamie but, shortly after, his wife neglects him, infatuated as she is with Gaston Bouvais, an artist. When Mamie has a baby daughter, Daisy May, Danny thinks he's not her father and, desperate, starts drinking. Although he thinks she is someone else's daughter, he loves little Daisy May and, when the child grows up, she will travel with him in the wagons carrying beer. During one such trip, Danny, having drunk too much, loses control of the horses. In the ensuing chaos, the little girl ends up injured. Meanwhile, Bouvais - who has continued his relationship with Mamie all those years - manages to persuade the woman to leave Danny. But the accident in which the daughter and her husband were involved, awakens love for Danny in the woman. Mamie rejects the painter who finally leaves her alone and turns her attention to another one who then marries. Happiness returns to Danny and Mamie's house. Daisy May also heals and Danny resumes work starting a new career: that of driver of milk wagons.


Actor Role
Elsie Jane Wilson Mamie
Mignon Anderson Kate
Harry Carter Gaston Bouvais
Emory Johnson Tommie
Zoe Rae Daisy Mae
Nanine Wright uncredited
Pomeroy Cannon Danny
Burwell Hamrick uncredited

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  1. ^ "The Circus of Life".
  2. ^ "The Circus of Life".

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