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The Circus Clown (1934)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  30 June 1934 (USA)
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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 ...
Undetermined Role
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30 June 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O paliatsos tou ippodromou  »

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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 »

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Hostrauser's March
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Music by William Paris Chambers
Played when Happy sits down next to Miss Latour
Also played when Sheldon offers Happy a contract
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Fun Under The Big Top With Mr. Brown
13 December 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A pretty aerialist doesn't know that THE CIRCUS CLOWN who's taken her drunken brother's place on the trapeze is actually the goofy animal keeper who loves her.

Comic Joe E. Brown is in his element in the fantasy world of the circus. Not only does he get to play two roles--father & son--he also performs difficult & dangerous stunts on the trapeze, proves himself most proficient on the trampoline and works with lions, elephants and one very large hippo. In addition, Brown acts as the target for a highly jealous knife thrower. In short, he has a marvelous time, and, with the help of good production values and a little touch of sweet sentiment, he brings the viewers along for the fun.

In a story wrinkle which strangely forecasts Brown's involvement in SOME LIKE IT HOT decades later, Joe suffers a rather bizarre but heartfelt infatuation for a female impersonator, played by Donald Dilloway. Patricia Ellis provides the more acceptable romantics as the fetching high flyer.

Movie mavens will recognize an unbilled Ward Bond as an unwisely opinionated spectator at the end of the film.


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