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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).

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

  1. chris, a librarian
    04/05/2017

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

  2. Steve Honeywell
    04/06/2017

    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
      04/06/2017

      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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