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Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Passed | | Drama | 14 April 1928 (USA)
A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals.

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Writers:

David Belasco (play), Tom Cushing (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Tito
Bernard Siegel ... Simon
Loretta Young ... Simonetta
Cissy Fitzgerald ... Giancinta (as Cissy Fitz-Gerald)
Nils Asther ... Luigi
Gwen Lee ... Lucretia
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Storyline

As professional clowns Tito and Simon are traveling, they happen upon an abandoned child, whom they take in and name Simonetta. When Simonetta is older, she becomes a circus performer herself. One day she is looking for roses, and climbs into the garden of Count Luigi Ravelli. The count becomes infatuated with her, but she leaves as soon as possible. Sometime later, Ravelli consults a doctor about his fits of uncontrollable laughter, and there he meets Tito, who has come to seek help for his fits of uncontrollable weeping. The two decide to help each other, and they establish a friendship, but problems arise when they realize that they are both in love with Simonetta. Written by Snow Leopard

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What did he hide behind his painted smile?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

14 April 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ríe, payaso, ríe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$293,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed partially on location at Jewett Estate, 1145 Arden Road, Pasadena, California. See more »

Quotes

Circus Ringmaster: She is a feather for grace, Tito - that little one! But she looks too young! Fix her hair - make her a woman!
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Alternate Versions

Turner Classic Movies presented a version on televison with a new musical score by from 1972. The print ran 73 minutes without the new credits, but omitted most of the original crew credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Odd Couple: Laugh Clown, Laugh (1975) See more »

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Chaney's favourite of all his pictures is a landmark weeper
25 May 2005 | by kingdaevidSee all my reviews

...the Pagliacci story has become a keystone of American popular culture, all the way from Enrico Caruso's Metropolitan Opera performances in the Leoncavallo classic (his various recordings of "Vesti la Giubba" combined to sell over a million copies according to the Guinness Book of World Records) through to the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles hit record "Tears of a Clown." This Lon Chaney movie was once a primary link in that chain, but because it was considered "lost" for many years (before a British release print with two reels missing was found towards the end of the century) it was forgotten. Now that it's available on DVD with a beautiful H. Scott Salinas musical score worthy of Morricone, as well as a scholarly audio commentary by Michael F. Blake, it deserves to be restored to its former status as one of the greatest American films of the silent era...


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