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According to a pre-release news item in Film Daily, Kathryn Crawford was in the cast, however, her participation in the completed film has not been determined. Reviewers were mixed in their appraisal of Clark Gable and Marion Davies' performances: some wrote that they were both miscast, while others praised them. The film was not financially successful, but Gable's next film, Red Dust, (see below) in which he played a more typical "rough" character, was one of his most successful. Polly of the Circus was also filmed in 1917 by the Goldwyn Pictures Corp. and starred Mae Marsh in the title role (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3483). Another adaptation of the play was broadcast on the Lux Radio Theatre on November 30, 1936, directed by Frank Borzage, and starring Loretta Young, James Gleason and Lionel Barrymore.