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
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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 »
Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg upon viewing early rushes of this production wanted to fire the film's cinematographer, Milton Moore, as they thought the photographic exposure too low and blamed Moore for incompetence. Victor Sjöström came to Moore's defense by stating he had told Moore to shoot "low", as it was essential to the plot of the story. Moore was kept on as cinematographer See more »
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 »
He slapped me, Marie. I would have killed him, but they laughed - laughed as if I were a clown.
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MGM's first feature film is this beautifully made, unforgettable silent starring Lon Chaney. He plays a brilliant scientist who is betrayed by his mentor, so he finds happiness as a circus clown, only to be hurt again by the same man. Shearer is great in her supporting role as Chaney's love interest, whom also is loved by Gilbert.
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