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14 April 1928 (USA) See more »
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What did he hide behind his painted smile?
Plot:
A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 nominations See more »
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Complicated emotions, but a great film See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lon Chaney ... Tito
Bernard Siegel ... Simon

Loretta Young ... Simonetta
Cissy Fitzgerald ... Giancinta (as Cissy Fitz-Gerald)

Nils Asther ... Luigi

Gwen Lee ... Lucretia
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi
Julie DeValora ... Nurse (uncredited)
Helena Dime ... Lady at Luigi's Party (uncredited)
Leo Feodoroff ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Betsy Ann Hisle ... Little Girl at Tito's Death (uncredited)
Emmett King ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mickey McBan ... Oldest Boy at Tito's Death (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Brenon 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Belasco  play
Tom Cushing  play
Joseph Farnham  titles
Elizabeth Meehan  writer

Produced by
Herbert Brenon .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
H. Scott Salinas (2002)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe 
 
Film Editing by
Marie Halvey 
 
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Ray Lissner .... assistant director
Will Sheldon .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... set designer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gilbert Clark .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Jack Feinberg .... set musician
Sam Feinberg .... set musician
 
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Mark Northam .... special thanks (2002 alternate version)
Don B. Ray .... special thanks (2002 alternate version) (as Don Ray)
 

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USA:73 min (22.4 fps)
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Netherlands:14 (1928) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Herbert Brenon reportedly loved to pick on and ridicule a 14-year-old Loretta Young in her first big role, but was civil with her whenever Lon Chaney was present on the set. Chaney noticed this and never left her side, even if his character wasn't needed for shooting that day. He directed her throughout the shoot and became her surrogate father on the project. "I shall be beholden to that sensitive, sweet man until I die," said Young of Chaney.See more »
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Narrator:[First Lines] Spring comes early in the Italian hills. Peasant hearts are light - and the voice of the travelling circus is heard in the land.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Complicated emotions, but a great film, 2 November 2003
Author: blackitty2 from Hattiesburg, MS

I recently viewed this film on TCM for the second time, and I enjoyed it even more. True, the fact that Chaney is in love with a teenager which he raised from a child is somewhat disturbing, but I think Chaney's portrayal in the film shows that he is aware of the inappropriateness of his love, however, he is unable to stop it. I particularly enjoyed the conflict Chaney experiences between his role as a performer and his needs as a human being. He displays a touching sense of obligation, stoicism, and vulnerability that only a master actor such as himself could manage. The final scene where he has fallen is absolutely heart wrenching, especially when he says, "I am an old man" as if he only realizes it for the first time. Complete with a wonderful new score, I would recommend this film for any fan of silent films, or just great acting in general. Long live Chaney!

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