The Spell of the Circus

The Spell of the Circus (1931) is a Universal 10-chapter movie serial. Francis X. Bushman Jr. played the trick horseback rider/hero Jack Grant. This is considered to be a lost film.

The Spell of the Circus
Directed byRobert F. Hill
Produced byHenry MacRae
Written byJay McCloskey
StarringRalph Bushman
Alberta Vaughn
Tom London
Music bySam Perry
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 23, 1931 (1931-10-23)
Running time
12 chapters (240 minutes)
CountryUnited States


Butte Morgan (villain) plans to take over the circus by marrying Maria Wallace, the daughter of the circus's owner. She, however, is interested only in the trick rider Jack Grant (the hero).


  • Francis X. Bushman Jr. (aka Ralph Bushman) as Jack Grant, the circus' cowboy rider
  • Alberta Vaughn as Maria Wallace, daughter of George Wallace & in love with Jack Grant
  • Tom London as Butte Morgan, intends to take over the circus by marrying Maria
  • Walter Shumway as George Wallace, the owner of the circus
  • Charles Murphy as Hank Harris
  • Monte Montague as Totto
  • Bobby Nelson as Bobby

Chapter titles

  1. A Menacing Monster
  2. The Phantom Shadow
  3. Racing with Death
  4. A Scream of Terror
  5. A Leap for Life
  6. A Fatal Wedding
  7. A Villain Unmasked
  8. The Baited Trap
  9. The Terror Tent
  10. The Call of the Circus


See also


  1. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Battling with Buffalo Bill (1931)
Universal Serial
The Spell of the Circus (1931)
Succeeded by
Detective Lloyd (1932)

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