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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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THE famous stage success now comes to take its place among the immortal heart dramas of the screen. It is unquestionably one of the most gripping stories ever filmed. (Print Ad- Beacon Daily Herald,((Beacon, NY)) 15 January 1925) See more »


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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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Trivia

The first film to feature Leo the Lion roaring as MGM's logo. Designed by Howard Dietz, the logo was first used for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation film Polly of the Circus (1917) and passed to MGM when Goldwyn merged with two other companies to form MGM. Fittingly and somewhat ironically, a real lion plays a key plot point in the film's story. 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

HE: Honorable Gentlemen - the world must have its love...
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Connections

Referenced in The Wind (1928) See more »

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I can't find the words to say how brilliant this movie is.
12 February 2004 | by Rich Drezen (Drezzilla)See all my reviews

80 years is a loooooong time. I can't believe MGM's really been around that long. But when it came to making this picture, they were off to a great start. Getting Lon Chaney from Universal was a very wise choice (it'd be hard to see someone else in the part he played), the supporting cast which included Norma Shearer (future Best Actress Oscar winner), John Gilbert (future star of "The Big Parade" (1925) and "Queen Christina" (1933)), as well as notable character actors Tully Marshall and Ford Sterling, it is nothing short of splendid. Lon Chaney's deep, gripping facial expressions, especially in his scenes with rival Baron Regnard (played by Marc McDermott) are the most expressive I've ever seen on film. TCM aired a print with a synchronized music & effects track (which sounds as if it was recorded maybe in the 1960's or 1970's) on Oct. 30th, 2003, and I was so enthralled with how it looked that I taped it and now have it in my collection. If you ever happen to come accross this movie, watch it! You will not be dissapointed. Because MGM means great movies, doesn't it?


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