The "four clowns" of this Robert Youngson anthology are: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Buster Keaton. There are examples of Laurel and Hardy's individual work prior to their ... See full summary »

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The Clowns (TV Movie 1970)
Documentary | Comedy
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A ragout of real memories and mockumentary, as Fellini explores a childhood obsession: circus clowns.

Director: Federico Fellini
Stars: Riccardo Billi, Federico Fellini, Gigi Reder
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A compilation of scenes featuring some of the best-known comics from the silent era in their best films.

Director: Robert Youngson
Stars: Stan Laurel, Ward Wilson, Oliver Hardy
Comedy | Documentary
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A feature-length documentary devoted to the great clowns of silent comedy.

Director: Robert Youngson
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Oliver Hardy
Comedy | Documentary
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A compilation of scenes from classic MGM comedies from the silent era up to 1948's "A Southern Yankee." Among the films showcased are "The Thin Man," "A Night at the Opera," "Dinner at ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Youngson
Stars: Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, The Marx Brothers
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The "four clowns" of this Robert Youngson anthology are: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Buster Keaton. There are examples of Laurel and Hardy's individual work prior to their teaming; samples of Chase's work, including his 1928 short, "Limousine Love"; and an abridged version of Keaton's 1925 feature, "Seven Chances." Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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These are the 4 Clowns who made the Roaring 20's roar! See more »

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This was the last feature project for producer/director/writer Robert Youngson. See more »

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"Clown"ing at its best....
14 September 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're a connoisseur of great silent comedy, then "4 Clowns" is probably already a title you're well familiar with.

If you're not familiar with it, get familiar already!

The "Clowns" of the title are Laurel and Hardy, Keaton and the lesser-known but still hilarious Charley Chase, and the clips here show them all at the peak of their form.

These no-frills presentations by Robert Youngson keep the clips and their contents at the forefront, with music and narration as perfect none-too-intrusive accompaniment.

I can't very well cite highlights here; this whole film is one big highlight unto itself. Stop it anywhere and you're bound to find something to make you laugh.

So, all you fans of the good-old-days of comedy (before lewd, crude and rude took over), meet your new favorite movie: "4 Clowns".

Ten stars. "4 Clowns" - 2 good 2 be 4-gotten!


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