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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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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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Chaney is revealed now as a great emotional actor in this love tragedy of the tanbark and the sawdust ring. Belasco made a great stage success of it- Brenon has made it into the film masterpiece of the year. (Print ad- Sunday Star, ((Washington DC)) 6 May 1928) See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "Laugh Clown Laugh", with music by Ted Fio Rito and lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young, did much to make this movie a hit when it rose to #1 on the 1928 hit parade. See more »

Quotes

Luigi: You know - I think you'd be good for me.
Tito Beppi: And I've been thinking - you'd be good for me.
Luigi: Shall we try...
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Alternate Versions

An alternate "happier" ending was shot and was available to theaters who did not like the original. Unfortunately this no longer exists. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Devil's Rejects (2005) See more »

User Reviews

Complicated emotions, but a great film
2 November 2003 | by blackitty2See all my reviews

I recently viewed this film on TCM for the second time, and I enjoyed it even more. True, the fact that Chaney is in love with a teenager which he raised from a child is somewhat disturbing, but I think Chaney's portrayal in the film shows that he is aware of the inappropriateness of his love, however, he is unable to stop it. I particularly enjoyed the conflict Chaney experiences between his role as a performer and his needs as a human being. He displays a touching sense of obligation, stoicism, and vulnerability that only a master actor such as himself could manage. The final scene where he has fallen is absolutely heart wrenching, especially when he says, "I am an old man" as if he only realizes it for the first time. Complete with a wonderful new score, I would recommend this film for any fan of silent films, or just great acting in general. Long live Chaney!


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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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Budget:

$293,000 (estimated)
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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