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A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him.

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(adapted from the play by), (adapted for the screen by), 2 more credits »
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Story of an inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns. He falls in love with another circus performer, and those who betrayed him enter his life yet again. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Victor Seastrom's production of the famous stage play by Leonid Andreyev. (Poster).


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22 December 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akit arcul csaptak  »

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$172,000 (estimated)
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The actual onscreen title is "HE Who Gets Slapped," with the "HE" capitalized, so as to emphasize that HE is a proper name, not a pronoun. See more »

Goofs

During part of the scene where the lion is loose in the room, Beaumont is seen with no, or hardly any, black makeup around his right eye. Before and after this scene, both eyes are made up. See more »

Quotes

Baron Regnard: I hate clowns.
Paul Beaumont: [after a pause] I hate barons.
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Featured in Twenty Years After (1944) See more »

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While not as creepy and disturbing as many of his other films, this is a dandy movie
4 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for horror and shocks, this really isn't the Lon Chaney movie for you. The film is more a tragedy about a decent man who is betrayed and subsequently retreats to the circus--where he plays a clown that is beaten up and mistreated to the delight of the audiences. The film is intended to be critical of human nature and how the misery of others is oddly entertaining, though the scenes where Chaney ran around as the clown being slapped about just didn't seem funny or very magical. It was as if in this character, he just wasn't quite hitting his usual stride. However, in the rest of the film, we have a dandy morality play that still hold up well over time (as do most of Chaney's films). Not great, but certainly very good and well worth a look.


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