The Sawdust Ring

(Kay-Bee Pictures, 1917)

Janet sets out to find her circus ringleader father, who her mother abandoned believing him to be unfaithful. Along the way, Janet and her friend Peter join Colonel Simmonds’s circus, she as a trick horse rider and he as a clown, but Janet cannot help but wonder why she finds Simmonds so familiar.

The original, feature-length release of The Sawdust Ring is not known to survive. This video was assembled from two home movie abridgments, one released in 1926 and another in 1929.

Also known as The Little Equestrienne.


Starring Bessie Love
Directed by Charles Miller and Paul Powell




Image quality:



1080p HD


12 minutes


Additional content

  • An original, scene-specific piano score compiled from period appropriate photoplay music.



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