Down 7,902 this week

The Circus Clown (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  30 June 1934 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 111 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 2 critic

Trying to follow in his father's footsteps, the son of an ex-acrobat runs off and joins a circus, getting a job cleaning up after the animals.



(story), (story), 4 more credits »
0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1655 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
a list of 9977 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
a list of 848 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
a list of 125 titles
created 25 Oct 2013
a list of 10 titles
created 20 Jan 2014

Related Items

Search for "The Circus Clown" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Circus Clown (1934)

The Circus Clown (1934) on IMDb 6.2/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Circus Clown.


Complete credited cast:
Happy Howard
Patricia Ellis ...
Dorothy Burgess ...
Don Dillaway ...
Gordon Westcott ...
Charles C. Wilson ...
Sheldon (as Charles Wilson)
Harry Woods ...
Ronnie Cosby ...
John Sheehan ...
Spencer Charters ...
Tom Dugan ...
Mac (scenes deleted)
Earle Hodgins ...
Circus Barker
Gordon Evans ...
Undetermined Role


Trying to follow in his father's footsteps, the son of an ex-acrobat runs off and joins a circus, getting a job cleaning up after the animals.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 June 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sawdust  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A few cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names, if any): Bobby Caldwell (Happy as a Boy), William Demarest (Ringmaster), and William B. Davidson. Tom Dugan was also not seen in the print, but he was credited in position 11 as "Mac." See more »


Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Ajax is chasing Happy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

one of Joe Brown's more serious roles - circus love story
3 August 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Too bad they deleted the scenes with William Demarest... he always added zing to any films he did. And it's only a 63 minute shortie as it is. They must hardly ever show this one on Turner Classics - as of today, it only has two summary comments and 44 votes on quality. All-round average guy Joe Brown who could do any role and really DID start out as a circus performer, plays a circus performer AND his own dad in this one; at one point we even see them sitting next to each other. Brown had been in films for six years by now, and played several lead roles where the hero could do everything, with an "aw shucks" attitude. In our story, Happy (Brown) has a crush on Miss Latour, (who isn't who she seems to be), as well as half the girls in the circus...i had a hard time figuring out who was who. Like most of his films from the 30s, Brown carries the show. This role is a little more serious, without the constant gags in most of his films and shorts. Happy takes the blame for something early on, and pays the price later. Keep an eye on Don Dillaway, who was in films for almost 40 years, but played mostly uncredited roles... has a supporting role here. Not a whole lot of plot here, just a sad sack falling for someone who doesn't pay him much attention...Some funny jokes on famous names on the background signs... "Bingham Brothers Circus" (Ringling Brothers) and "Busby Bixley Productions" (Busby Berkeley). It ends rather abruptly with some un-answered questions, but it IS just a fun, cute, love-story shortie. Directed by Ray Enright, who had worked extensively for Mack Sennett; Sennett was one of the original producer/directors in the film industry. Written by Kalmar and Ruby, who had written several of the Marx Brothers films, so I expected a little more.... and if you re a Joe Brown fan, ya GOTTA see the ending of "Some Like it Hot", where Joe Brown has a fun but tiny little part...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Circus Clown (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: