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The Circus Clown (1934)

Passed | | Comedy | 30 June 1934 (USA)
Trying to follow in his father's footsteps, the son of an ex-acrobat runs off and joins a circus, getting a job cleaning up after the animals.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Happy Howard
... Alice
... Babe
... Jack
... Frank
... Sheldon (as Charles Wilson)
... Ajax
... Dickie
... Moxley
... Kingsley
... Mac (scenes deleted)
... Circus Barker
Gordon Evans ... Undetermined Role
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Trying to follow in his father's footsteps, the son of an ex-acrobat runs off and joins a circus, getting a job cleaning up after the animals.

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A few cast members in studio records/casting call lists for this movie were not seen in the final print. These were (with their character names, if any): Bobby Caldwell (Happy as a Boy), William Demarest (Ringmaster), and William B. Davidson. Tom Dugan was also not seen in the print, but he was credited in position 11 as "Mac." See more »

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Referenced in American Experience: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996) See more »

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Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Ajax is chasing Happy
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Joe E. Brown Flips, Flies and Twirls
17 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is the first Joe E. Brown film I've seen, other than "Some Like It Hot"( which, of course, falls into a whole other category, that of "classic")and although it is a rather dated and pedestrian comedy of the 30s, it has a certain innocent charm. I especially appreciated the fact that he did most of the stunts in the film. He had been a circus acrobat embarking on a film career, and it is apparent. A subplot involving a female impersonator, and "Happy's" infatuation with her/him is not as outre as it sounds, becoming merely a prank played on him by the (clearly) masculine impersonator. Still, an interesting curio in terms of what was highly popular with moviegoers of the mid-1930s, and a movie younger kids might find quite hilarious.


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