Below glass movie lantern slide for the 1931 drama SIDE
SHOW with Winnie Lightner and Charles Butterworth.
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'Side Show' at
Charles Butterworth Steals Winnie Lightner's New Talkie
Along with the other cinemas which are produced with the
intention of glorifying the already much glorified big top is
the latest release of Miss Winnie Lightner, "Side Show," which
has set stakes at the Davis and Enright
In spite of the fact that Miss Lightner is pretty fair
comedienne in the proper rough and tumble atmosphere, she has
not met with excessive success even in suitable material so
that casting her as a benevolent big sister who falls in love
and actually cries about it is obviously pitiable for both the
performer and the audience.
Indeed, one is prone to comment apathetically with Mr. Charles
Butterworth saying "I wish I had a bag of nice stuffed figs."
That perhaps is the most significant summary of "Sides Show"
unless the nifty about the bowl of tapioca is more terse.
Miss Lightner is the little ray of sunshine in Colonel Gowdy's
greatest show on earth. She is desperately, even frantically
in love with Joe, a barker, who appears to prefer Pat's little
sister who joins the show during summer vacation. One is led
to believe that Joe deserts the show with innocent Irene, but
in the climax it is exposed that he only returned her to the
waiting arms of an admiring Jimmy back home and that Joe had
come back for the forgiveness and passionate devotion of his
darling Pat. You can have your Winnie Lightner pouring kisses
all over her lover, but I, with Mr. Butterworth, will have a
As far as a as a shaky story framework and the adaptability of
Miss Lightner are concerned, "Side Show" is impressively
unfunny. However, here is always Mr. Butterworth making the
most stereotyped humor sound fresh. The charming Miss Evalyn
Knapp goes to waste in a thankless task as the little sister
as does Mr. Guy Kibbee as the inebriate old Colonial Gowdy.
September 22 1931 - Manuel M. Greenwald.
Side Show - TMC