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The Circus Clown Details


[[Performer~P8961~Joe E. Brown~joeebrown]] plays a dual role in Circus Clown, as would-be circus entertainer Happy Howard and his rustic old father. When dad, a former circus man himself, disapproves of Happy hitting the sawdust trail, the boy does so anyway, smitten by a beautiful female bareback rider. So naïve is our hero that he doesn't realize that the "girl" is actually female impersonator Jack ([[Performer~P19186~Don Dillaway~donalddillaway]]), who strings Happy along just for laughs. Once this plotline is straightened out, Happy becomes the hero of the day by substituting for a drunken aerialist -- and there is no more proud or enthusiast spectator than Happy's happy dad. If [[Performer~P8961~Joe E. Brown~joeebrown]] looks genuinely frightened in his scene in the lion's cage, he should; the lion affectionately pawed [[Performer~P8961~Brown~joeebrown]] during one take, resulting in six stitches in the comedian's arm. More serious than most [[Performer~P8961~Brown~joeebrown]] vehicles, Circus Clown is distinguished by the star's spectacular acrobatics (the real thing -- no doubles), and by some excellent split-screen work during the "father/son" scenes. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi