Little Paul Linton thought he had entered fairy land, when he attended the Sawdus Bros. show with his father and mother. He was particularly fascinated by the funny clown with the little ... See full summary »
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The Clown
Kenneth Casey ...
Paul Linton - the Little Boy
Hal Wilson ...
Mr. Linton - Paul's Father
Edith Halleran
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Little Paul Linton thought he had entered fairy land, when he attended the Sawdus Bros. show with his father and mother. He was particularly fascinated by the funny clown with the little drum, who always stopped before the child and gave a few extra touches to his act in acknowledgment of the boy's appreciation. At home the boy tried to imitate the grotesque get-up and the comical didos of the ring buffoon, and he fully makes up his mind that when he gets to be a man he is certainly going to be one of those funny fellows, whom he considers in his childish simplicity, the greatest man in the world. A few weeks later little Paul was taken down with a fever, and while he lies delirious on a bed of sickness, he is constantly talking of the funny man of the circus. Paul's father and mother and the doctor try to relieve his suffering, and to induce the little fellow to take his medicine, but try as they will he refuses to be comforted or assisted; until they learn, through his wanderings, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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1 August 1911 (USA)  »

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The Clown and His Best Performance  »

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It seemed to move the spectators strongly
2 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

One of the world's best short stories, "Boum-Boum," by the French academician, Jules Claratie, furnished the idea for this very emotional picture. The little boy who loved the clown was so sick that they couldn't get him to take his medicine. In his delirium, he kept asking for the clown. His parents didn't know what it was he wanted. They bought a clown doll, but it wouldn't do. Then the mother remembered that the boy had loved "Boum-Boum," the famous clown, and the father went to Boum-Boum's sumptuous home and the clown consented to come. The child was awakened from the fatal lethargy by the clown's best performance. The picture of the clown at the child's bedside is made very effective. He is dressed as in the circus. The contrast, heightened by the anxiety that the woman who plays the mother, pictures nobly, seems to get hold of some of the deep things of life. It seemed to move the spectators strongly. This picture is more than merely acceptable. - The Moving Picture World, August 19, 1911


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