Sally of the Sawdust
Sally of the Sawdust (1925)

Pioneering filmmaker D.W. Griffith directed W.C. Fields in his first starring role in this silent comedy. When Mary Foster runs away from home to marry her sweetheart, a circus performer, she does so against the wishes of her socially… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 2, 1925
DVD Release Date: January 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

Just about the most amusing comedy that you will recall this year.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Griffith stresses the story's melodrama, making Fields an unusually sentimental figure, though the star still manages to showcase some of his juggling routines and even kick a dog.

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Fernando F. Croce

Griffith uses the climactic chase to teach editing to Eisenstein in the year of Potemkin

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Variety Staff

D.W. Griffith is down to common picture making in this one.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Sally is minor Griffith, but it demonstrates that, whatever the ostensible genre, he remained (and, pace Steven Spielberg, remains) the master manipulator of human emotion.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... the pic that propelled W.C. Fields's movie career and was a rare comedy directed by the austere Griffith... .

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Time Out

Its interest would be no more than historical were it not also the movie that launched WC Fields. His show-stopping performance as Eustace McGargle, conman and sideshow juggler, contains the seeds of all his later glories.

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TV Guide

Sally of the Sawdust is a victim of the same sloppy editing (by the same sloppy editor) that had marred Griffith's Way Down East five years earlier.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Beyond being a Fields vehicle, it's a showcase for Griffith's direction, using of beautifully pastoral location shooting that gives Sally an almost-luminous glow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A fantastic, heartfelt, and funny dramatic film with a great cast and a somewhat simple, yet very exciting emotional story. I really liked it. It has that… More