in about 100 words or less
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).