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Laugh, Clown, Laugh Details

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Fifteen-year-old Loretta Young is 45-year-old Lon Chaney's winsome leading lady in Laugh, Clown, Laugh. Based on the war-horse stage piece by David Belasco and Tom Cushing, the film casts Chaney as (what else?) an aging circus clown, who adopts an orphaned girl and falls in love with her when she grows up. Alas-and not surprisingly-the girl loves another, prompting Chaney to perform a suicidal circus stunt, freeing her to marry the man she truly cares about (Nils Asther). Chaney had been here before, having played a similar role opposite Norma Shearer in 1924's He Who Gets Slapped. Though widely touted as Loretta Young's film debut, she had actually made earlier appearances with her sisters as a child extra. A silent film, Norma Shearer was released with a musical sound track, which highlighted the hit title song. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joseph Farnham Best Title Writing 1927 Nominee

Cast

Lon Chaney
as Tito Beppi
Bernard Siegel
as Simon
Loretta Young
as Simonette
Cissy Fitzgerald
as Giancinta
Nils Asther
as Count Luigi Ravelli
Gwen Lee
as Lucretia

Crew

Herbert Brenon
Director
Joseph Farnham
Screenwriter
Elizabeth Meehan
Screenwriter
Tom Cushing
Play Author
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Marie Halvey
Editor
Cedric Gibbons
Set Designer
Joseph Farnham
Intertitle Writer
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