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The Clown (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 16 January 1953 (USA)
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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 »

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Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Frances Marion (story), Leonard Praskins (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Television Director
Jonathan Cott ... Floor Director
Don Beddoe ... Gallagher
Steve Forrest ... Young Man
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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

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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

Remade as The Champ (1979) See more »

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The Stars, Red, Tim nailed it and Esther Williams didn't appear, best of all no disconnected swimming scenes. it's all good
10 August 2019 | by cougarblue-696-806128See all my reviews

Tim Considine was truly outstanding playing the son of a down and out physical comedy performer. Red is the king of vices, he's a drunk, undependable who gambles away any money he makes down to his sons treasured pocket watch. Considine is the adult encouraging, sometimes chastising his dad. Into the story comes the long list mother and her next husband. Of course they want Dink (Considine) to live with them. At the same time Red's character gets an offer of a 1 hour weekly TV show "The Clown" The story line isn't new, other writers have taken on divided parentage fighting for custody. What sets The Clown apart is the individual preformacers.


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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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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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