Cast & Crew
When the circus comes to town, Janet Magie, a twelve-year-old with sawdust and tinsel in her blood, begs her mother for permission to see it. Because her absentee husband is a circus ringmaster, Mrs. Magie refuses Janet's request, fearing that the child will be infected with circus fever like her father. Undaunted, Janet and Peter, her best friend, put on their own back-yard circus and fill their heads with dreams of the big top. When Mrs. Magie falls ill and is sent away to the hospital, Janet and Peter ride off to find Janet's father. After a series of adventures, the children join up with a circus stopped in a nearby town. By chance, the circus owner is Colonel Simmonds, Janet's father, who takes an immediate interest in the runaways. With the help and encouragement of Janet and Peter, Colonel Simmonds locates his wife and finally puts to rest the jealous misunderstanding that years before had driven her away from him. Grateful for a second chance, Mrs. Magie recovers and rejoins her new family.
One contemporary source lists Paul Powell as director, but most other contemporary sources credit Miller. A modern source lists both men as directors, and Bessie Love, in her autobiography, mentions Powell as the film's director. Some sources give July 29, 1917 as the release date.