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The Circus Clown Details

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[[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

Cast

Joe E. Brown
as Happy Howard
Joe E. Brown
as His Father
Patricia Ellis
as Alice
Dorothy Burgess
as Babe
Gordon Westcott
as Frank
Charles Wilson
as Sheldon
Harry Woods
as Ajax
John Sheehan
as Moxley
Ronnie Cosbey
as Dickie

Crew

Ray Enright
Director
Harry Ruby
Screenwriter
Bert Kalmar
Screenwriter
Paul Gerard Smith
Screenwriter
Sidney Hickox
Cinematographer
Clarence Kolster
Editor
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