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Release Date:
14 April 1928 (USA) See more »
What did he hide behind his painted smile?
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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  (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:
Julie DeValora ... Nurse (uncredited)
Helena Dime ... Lady at Luigi's Party (uncredited)
Leo Feodoroff ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frankie Genardi ... (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 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
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
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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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Netherlands:14 (1928) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Filmed partially on location at Jewett Estate, 1145 Arden Road, Pasadena, California.See more »
Title Card:[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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Referenced in The Devil's Rejects (2005)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Sad but good..., 12 November 2003
Author: Terminal Madness ( from

This is such a sad movie; after watching the great "Phantom of the Opera" I became more open to Chaney's movie. This is such a sad heart-wrenching film. Chaney is at his best in this film giving a bittersweet performance becoming both entertaining and tragic. These are characters we can care about and that's what made this movie effective. The fact that Chaney is in love with a younger woman and knows he can never have her is possibly the biggest aspect that tugs on your heart as you watch. The ending is possibly the most heartwrenching. I won't give it away, though. You have to see it for yourself.

*** and a half (out of 4 stars)

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