~Excess Baggage~
1928
~372-54: Josephine Dunn, Cyril Chadwick, Catherine Clifford & Greta Granstedt in a scene from
Excess Baggage~
~Plot Synopsis~
MGM star William Haines was at the peak of his popularity when he starred in Excess Baggage.
Haines plays Eddie Kane, a juggler-acrobat whose specialty is a dangerous high-wire act. While
playing small-time vaudeville, he marries aspiring actress Elsa McCoy (Josephine Dunn). She goes
on to fame and fortune in Hollywood, while he's still stuck playing tank-town engagements. When
Elsa starts an affair with sleek matinee idol Val D'Errico (Ricardo Cortez), Eddie begins to lose his
nerve on stage, suffering a spectacular fall from the high wire. Eventually, Eddie and Elsa are
reunited, she having realized that he's the only thing in life she truly cares about. A silent film,
Excess Baggage was released with a synchronized score and sound effects; the Frances
Marion-Ralph Spence screenplay was adapted from a play by John Wesley McGowan.

Plot Synopsis from allmovie.com
Directed by: James Cruze

Written by:   
Frances Marion - writer
Ralph Spence - screenplay & titles

Based on the play Excess Baggage by John Wesley McGowan (New York,
26 Dec 1927).
~Cast~

William Haines ...  Eddie Kane
Josephine Dunn ...  Elsa McCoy
Neely Edwards ...  Jimmy Dunn
Kathleen Clifford ...  Mabel Ford
Greta Granstedt ...  Betty Ford
Ricardo Cortez ...  Val D'Errico
Cyril Chadwick ...  Crammon
Delmer Daves ...  (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Produced by: James Cruze & Julius Hagen  
Original Music by: William Axt  
Cinematography by: Ira H. Morgan    
Film Editing by: George Hively    
Art Direction by: Cedric Gibbons    
Costume Design by: David Cox

Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Released: September 8, 1928
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