MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 843 this week

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 1,637 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 14 critic

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

Director:

(as Victor Seastrom)

Writers:

(adapted from the play by), (adapted for the screen by), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 23 Apr 2011
 
a list of 42 titles
created 20 Aug 2011
 
a list of 29 titles
created 31 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 06 Sep 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

He Who Gets Slapped (1924) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of He Who Gets Slapped.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals.

Director: Herbert Brenon
Stars: Lon Chaney, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After having a child out of wedlock, a young Puritan woman is pressured to reveal the name of her lover.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Henry B. Walthall
The Wind (1928)
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A frail young woman from the east moves in with her cousin in the west, where she causes tension within the family and is slowly driven mad.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love
You and I (1918)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, John Ekman
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

U.S. Marine Sergeant O'Hara has his hands full training raw recruits, one of whom, 'Skeets' Burns, is a particular thorn in his side. If Burns's lackadaisical approach to the military were ... See full summary »

Director: George W. Hill
Stars: Lon Chaney, William Haines, Eleanor Boardman
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Cardinal Richelieu spares the life of a convicted duelist (Veidt) provided he will capture the leader of the Huguenots.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Conrad Veidt, Annabella, Raymond Massey
The Penalty (1920)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

Director: Wallace Worsley
Stars: Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Jim Mason
Mr. Wu (1927)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Mandarin Wu's unmarried daughter becomes pregnant by a young Englishman, he seeks vengeance.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser, Renée Adorée
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore
The Unknown (1927)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford
Ingeborg Holm (1913)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ingeborg Holm's husband opens up a grocery store and life is on the sunny side for them and their three children. But her husband becomes sick and dies. Ingeborg tries to keep the store, ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Hilda Borgström, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year, if he is a great sinner, will have to drive during the whole year the Phantom ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Consuelo
...
Bezano
Ruth King ...
Maria Beaumont
Marc McDermott ...
Baron Regnard
Ford Sterling ...
Tricaud
Tully Marshall ...
Count Mancini
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 December 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Akit arcul csaptak  »

Box Office

Budget:

$172,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original release) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"He Who Gets Slapped" was originally a Russian book by Leonid Andreyev and was translated into English and adapted for the stage by Gregory Zillboorg. It opened on Jan. 9, 1922 at the Garrick Theatre in New York and ran for 182 performances. With the exception of Consuelo (Norma Shearer's character), most of the characters in the stage production did not have names. The Lon Chaney character in the play was simply "He", and the others "a Juggler," "an Acrobat", etc. MGM did not credit Zillboorg for his theatrical adaptation. 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

intertitle: Lzaughter - the bitterest and most subtle death to hope.
See more »

Connections

Version of El que recibe las bofetadas (1947) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A story of cruelty in the old style where we are asked to identify with the lesser person, not mock them like on all the superficreality shows.
27 June 2007 | by (Chinatown, California) – See all my reviews

He Who Gets Slapped is based on the Russian Leonid Andreyev's 1914 play about a circus melodrama. The arty silent film was the first movie made entirely under MGM's control and the first to feature the MGM lion, but it was not its first release as the studio chose to delay its opening until the busy holiday season. Young 'genius' executive Irving Thalberg, just under studio head Louis B. Mayer, produced it; during filming he was seeing Norma Shearer, and three years later they were married.

It marked the American debut of Swedish director Victor Seastrom, who masterfully helms it. Though the film itself is an intermittently entertaining and inventive silent melodrama showcasing the very physical acting skills of Lon Chaney, a screen legend whose premature death in 1930 robbed cinema of a unique talent. Here he plays obsessed scientist Paul Beaumont, whose work 'on the origins of mankind' is stolen by his devious patron, the Baron de Regnard (Marc McDermott) – who also makes off with Beaumont's wife for good measure.

Utterly devastated by life's savage cruelties, Beaumont literally runs away to the circus where he starts a new life as a clown. Known as 'HE who gets slapped' – or simply 'HE' for short – his act consists of enduring nightly physical abuse at the hands of his impassive fellow clowns, to the explosive delight of the circus's boorish audiences: a more economic definition of schadenfreude (taking joy at the misfortunes of others) would be harder to imagine.

But though HE (the character's "name" is capitalized in all inter titles) becomes a roaring success, it turns out that fate hasn't yet done with him – he secretly dotes on Consuelo (Norma Shearer), a bare-back rider in love with her fellow performer Bezano (John Gilbert). HE can just about stand this state of affairs – but when the dastardly Baron returns to the scene and starts moving in on Consuelo, HE is spurred into a drastic act of revenge.

Chaney gives a heartbreaking naturalistic performance, it's one his most toned down and believable work, possibly showing the most painful expressions to ever grace the screen. This is largely due to the director, Sjostrom, who didn't believe in the over the top acting style of the age. It's certainly a contender for Chaney's best film (and performance), but despite being one of his oldest that's still available, it's certainly one of his most modern. Of course, his circus act is great, with the ironic climax finally turning the tables on the viewer. Chaney is incredible!!!


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD coming in 2008 neil57
He Who Gets Slapped movie quotes? kikdawg_not
Looking for a DVD or a Cassette Didier Rosa
Whats Your Favorite? LittleChineseSeamstress
Did anybody perchance tape this last night? rockhell88
The first MGM release...what was it? Drezzilla
Discuss He Who Gets Slapped (1924) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?