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He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him.

Director:

Victor Sjöström (as Victor Seastrom)

Writers:

Leonid Andreyev (adapted from the play by), Carey Wilson (adapted for the screen by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Paul Beaumont / HE
Norma Shearer ... Consuelo
John Gilbert ... Bezano
Ruth King Ruth King ... Marie Beaumont
Marc McDermott ... Baron Regnard
Ford Sterling ... Tricaud
Tully Marshall ... Count Mancini
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Watkin ... spectator in audience at HE's final performance
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Storyline

Story of an inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns. He falls in love with another circus performer, and those who betrayed him enter his life yet again. Written by Robert Tonsing <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Victor Seastrom's production of the famous stage play by Leonid Andreyev. (Poster). See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akit arcul csaptak See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$172,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$185,000, 31 December 1925
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Ward (music) and Bernard Stambler (libretto) transfered the film to an opera version that premiered at the New York City Opera 1959. See more »

Goofs

During part of the scene where the lion is loose in the room, Beaumont is seen with no, or hardly any, black makeup around his right eye. Before and after this scene, both eyes are made up. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Paul Beaumont lived - to laugh at life. He laughed at his wife and the Baron - and left them to the doubtful joy of each other's society.
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Connections

Referenced in Kiss Me Kate (1953) See more »

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Lon Chaney's best film?
9 May 2001 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

I think one could argue that "He Who Gets Slapped" is Lon Chaney's best film. Since Lon Chaney is the greatest character actor of all time, this makes it a must-see (a term I abhor) for everyone. The way to watch this movie is as a sort of twisted fairy tale. The Melodrama exists to satisfy audience demands but there is much more going on here, and what's beautiful is that it is happening in a way that affects the viewer even if he or she isn't aware of it. Lon Chaney's performance is heartbreaking, particularly when he carries the cloth heart that has been torn from his breast, but at other moments he is sadistic and vengeful, as when he lets the lions out to kill a scheming circus manager and a sotted aristocrat. When I watch this scene I admit that I am laughing with Lon -- you have to love it! Norma Shearer and John Gilbert..... nobody ever had a better supporting cast. The circus theme is a parable for the world of human relations, where we are often called upon to amuse others instead of showing our true feelings. Lon's performance is a classic of self-torture and humiliation, and this movie should be remembered for all time as establishing MGM on the track that made it Hollywood's all time greatest studio.


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