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The Clown (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 16 January 1953 (USA)
Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking. His son Little Dink idolizes Dodo and faithfully ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Frances Marion (story), Leonard Praskins (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Dodo Delwyn
Jane Greer ... Paula Henderson
Tim Considine ... Dink Delwyn
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Benjamin Y. 'Goldie' Goldenson
Philip Ober ... Ralph Z. Henderson
Lou Lubin ... Little Julie
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Doctor Strauss
Walter Reed ... Joe Hoagley
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Television Director
Jonathan Cott ... Floor Director
Don Beddoe ... Gallagher
Steve Forrest ... Young Man
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Storyline

Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking. His son Little Dink idolizes Dodo and faithfully believes in a comeback. He persuades "Uncle" Goldie, Dodo's agent in the good old days, to find a booking for Dodo. He can't, and Dink is sent to live with his remarried-and-wealthy mother, Paula. The unhappy Dink runs back to his father. His welcome return gives Dodo the courage needed to try a knockabout TV show offered by Goldie. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You'll cry...You'll laugh...You'll love it!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le clown See more »

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Budget:

$887,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Tim Considine. He would become best known for My Three Sons (1960). See more »

Goofs

After Dodo talks to Henderson in the hallway about Dink, Dodo goes to open the door to his apartment twice between shots. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994) See more »

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NOT a good idea
28 February 2002 | by keiljdSee all my reviews

Red Skelton fulfils the Clown wants to play Hamlet manifesto; playing not Hamlet, but - a Clown, in this ill advised Schary era remake of Beery's Oscar winner THE CHAMP, none too good its own self. Red's Dramatic experiment blew up in the lab. A major boxoffice flop. Red was done at Metro by the end of 1952, Schary by 1956. CBS TV beckoned, and Red starred for 20 years. His niteclub act, which I saw four times in Vegas, once in Tahoe, and once at the Venetian Room in SF's Fairmont Hotel; was just about the funniest hour I ever saw anywhere by anyone. The Guzzler's Gin bit was an alltime classic. But this movie is Absolutely Awful! My #8 Worst of 1952.


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