The Show-Off (1926 film)

The Show-Off is a 1926 American silent film comedy produced by Famous Players-Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Mal St. Clair, and starring Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks. The film is based on a 1924 Broadway play by George Kelly that starred Louis John Bartels in the leading role, and had Lee Tracy in the cast.

The Show-Off
Theatrical poster
Directed byMalcolm St. Clair
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
William LeBaron
Written byGeorge Kelly (play)
Pierre Collings (scenario)
StarringFord Sterling
Lois Wilson
Louise Brooks
CinematographyLee Garmes
Edited byRalph Block
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 16, 1926
Running time
7 reels (82 minutes)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
(English intertitles)

This film is one of two films that costarred popular Broadway actor Gregory Kelly (first husband of Ruth Gordon) who died shortly after The Show-Off wrapped production. The film was produced in Philadelphia and New York City thus becoming a sort of time capsule record of buildings long gone and neighborhoods changed.


Preservation status

Preserved at the Library of Congress, the film can be found in near mint condition on a Library of Congress related DVD.


The film has been remade a number of times:


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