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Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

US 74m, B&W, Silent
Director: Herbert Brenon; Cast: Lon Chaney, Loretta Young, Nils Asther, Bernard Siegel, Cissy Fitzgerald, Gwen Lee

Personifying a creepy clown, Chaney plays Tito, a circus performer who finds an abandoned child and raises her as his daughter. As a young woman, Simonetta falls in love with a wealthy Count whose initial interest seems less than honorable. Realizing that he is jealous, and that he also has feelings for Simonetta, Tito sinks into a depression, knowing that he must never reveal his true feelings. A dark and disturbing story, Laugh, Clown, Laugh expectantly ends in tragedy for Chaney’s character – which, under the circumstances, is probably for the best (Klaus Ming April 2017).


4 comments on “Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

  1. chris, a librarian

    Have you seen Ace of Hearts? It is mostly memorable for Chaney’s interesting characterization.

  2. Steve Honeywell

    Chaney did such great work in the silent era. This is another one that I like probably a little more than it deserves, mostly for him.

    • Klaus

      I had no idea how good an actor he was until i recently watched a documentary on him – which led to my recent Chaney binge! I’m planning on going back and re-watching / reviewing the doc after a few more must-see films.

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