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He Who Gets Slapped ()


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

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Paul Beaumont / HE
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Consuelo
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Bezano
Ruth King ...
Marie Beaumont
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Baron Regnard
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Tricaud
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Count Mancini
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spectator in audience at HE's final performance
Bartine Burkett ...
Bareback Rider (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ...
Briquet (uncredited)
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A Clown (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
George Davis ...
A Clown (uncredited)
Paulette Duval ...
Zinida (uncredited)
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Professor in Audience of Academy (uncredited)
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A Clown (uncredited)
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A Clown (uncredited)
George Marion ...
Laughing Professor (uncredited)
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Child in Circus Audience (uncredited)
Dorothy Seay ...
Child in Circus Audience (uncredited)
Erik Stocklassa ...
Ringmaster (uncredited)
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Playing Child (uncredited)

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Victor Sjöström ... (as Victor Seastrom)

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Leonid Andreyev ... (adapted from the play by)
 
Carey Wilson ... (adapted for the screen by) and
Victor Sjöström ... (adapted for the screen by) (as Victor Seastrom)
 
Marian Ainslee ... (titles)

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Victor Sjöström ... producer (as Victor Seastrom)
Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

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William Axt ... (uncredited)

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Milton Moore ... (photography)

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Hugh Wynn ... film editor

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Sophie Wachner ... (costumes by)

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Cedric Gibbons ... settings

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Louis B. Mayer ... presenter
Gregory Zillboorg ... translator: play
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Victor Seastrom's production of the famous stage play by Leonid Andreyev. (Poster). See more »
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Also Known As
  • Larmes de clown (France)
  • Der Mann, der die Ohrfeigen bekam (Germany)
  • El que recibe el bofetón (Spain)
  • Ironia da Sorte (Brazil)
  • Akit arcul csaptak (Hungary)
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  • 95 min
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Budget $172,000 (estimated)

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Twenty Years After (1944). See more »
Quotes Title Card: A strange thing, the heart of a man - that loves, suffers, and despairs - yet has courage to hope, believe - and love - again.
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