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The Circus Clown (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  30 June 1934 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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

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30 June 1934 (USA)  »

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Sawdust  »

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According to a review summary in the New York Times, Joe E. Brown was affectionately pawed by a lion during one take, requiring 6 stitches in his arm. The article also points out that Brown did his own "spectacular acrobatics" - no doubles were used. See more »

Soundtracks

Spirit of Independence
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played during the overhead shot of the circus after the trampoline scene
Also played the first time Ajax is performing his knife-throwing act
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Joe E. Brown Flips, Flies and Twirls
17 April 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the first Joe E. Brown film I've seen, other than "Some Like It Hot"( which, of course, falls into a whole other category, that of "classic")and although it is a rather dated and pedestrian comedy of the 30s, it has a certain innocent charm. I especially appreciated the fact that he did most of the stunts in the film. He had been a circus acrobat embarking on a film career, and it is apparent. A subplot involving a female impersonator, and "Happy's" infatuation with her/him is not as outre as it sounds, becoming merely a prank played on him by the (clearly) masculine impersonator. Still, an interesting curio in terms of what was highly popular with moviegoers of the mid-1930s, and a movie younger kids might find quite hilarious.


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