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A Thousand Clowns
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Director:
Writers:
Herb Gardner (screenplay)
Herb Gardner (based on his original play)
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Release Date:
9 September 1966 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...IT'S LAUGHTER FOR EVERYONE!! See more »
Plot:
A middle-aged iconoclast, doggedly avoiding the tedium of employment and conventional life, faces the prospect of losing custody of his young ward. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
I bet you didn't know comedy could be so smart & thoughtful. See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jason Robards ... Murray Burns

Barbara Harris ... Dr. Sandra Markowitz

Martin Balsam ... Arnold Burns
Gene Saks ... Leo Herman

William Daniels ... Albert Amundson
Philip Bruns ... Sloan (as Phil Bruns)

John McMartin ... The Man in the Office (as John MacMartin)

Barry Gordon ... Nick Burns / Wilbur Malcome Burns / Theodore Burns / Raphael Sabatini / Dr. Morris Fishbein / Woodrow Burns / Chevrolet Burns / Big Sam Burns / Lefty Burns

Directed by
Fred Coe 
 
Writing credits
Herb Gardner (screenplay)

Herb Gardner (based on his original play)

Produced by
Fred Coe .... producer
Herb Gardner .... associate producer
Ralph Rosenblum .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Don Walker 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
 
Set Decoration by
George DeTitta Sr. (uncredited)
Herbert F. Mulligan (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Charles Fialla .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Henry Spitz .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Belletier .... second assistant director
Dan Eriksen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Willie Lucak .... scenic artist (as Willie Lucan)
Burr Smidt .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Hugh A. Robertson .... sound editor (as Hugh A. Robertson Jr.)
Jim Shields .... sound mixer (as James Shields)
Dick Vorisek .... sound recordist (as Richard Vorisek)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Coffey .... associate photographer
Albert Taffet .... camera operator
Willie Meyerhoff .... grip (uncredited)
Willie Meyerhoff .... lighting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Matthews .... wardrobe
Flo Transfield .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sheila Bakerman .... assistant editor
Edward Beyer .... associate editor
 
Music Department
Gerald B. Greenberg .... music editor (as Gerry Greenberg)
Harold Hastings .... conductor
 
Other crew
Arthur Cantor .... produced on the stage by
Fred Coe .... produced on the stage by
Mel Howard .... production assistant
Betty Todd .... script supervisor
Ted Trinkaus .... titles
Belle Iacobellis .... production secretary (uncredited)
Allan Wertheim .... set production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
118 min
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Mono (RCA)
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Trivia:
Film debut of Barbara Harris.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Murray puts on a shirt, his toothbrush appears and disappears in his mouth between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Murray Burns:[shouts at rows of houses] Neighbors, I have an announcement for you. I have never seen such a collection of dirty windows. Now I want to see all of you out there on the fire escape with your Mr. Clean bottles, and let's snap it up!
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References M (1931)See more »
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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
I bet you didn't know comedy could be so smart & thoughtful., 18 February 2005
Author: bjeffrey66 from United States

It's truly a shame that this film has escaped the attention of the last few generations of movie watchers -- not only have most people not seen this film, it's likely that only a small percentage of folks have ever even heard of it. I dare say that both the character Jason Robards portrays and this film as a whole are more relevant today than half of the comedies produced 5 or 10 years ago. The bottom line is this, if you're looking for great acting and smart dialogue, and are getting tired of the 'I've-just-wasted-the-last-couple-of-hours-of-my-life' feeling that comes over today's average TV viewer or cineplex visitor, then you simply must do yourself a favor and seek out this hidden gem.

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