As a continuation of our Early Cinema in Queens lecture given by Jason D. Antos back in March, we will be hosting a film screening on July 21st. The program will feature a screening on one of the films discussed during the lecture which was filmed in Queens, Sally of the Sawdust, and an introduction given by Jason D. Antos.
Sally of the Sawdust
When her circus mother dies after being disowned, young Sally (Carol Dempster) is raised by Professor Eustace McGargle (W.C. Fields), a juggler and small-time con man. McGargle trains Sally to dance for his opening act, and the pair joins a carnival based in Green Meadow, CT. Sally’s grandparents, the Fosters, still live in the area, but neither the young girl nor stern Judge Foster (Erville Alderson) and his wife (Effie Shannon) know they are related.