2:00 pm | 1 hr 13 min | Drama
“Laugh, Clown, Laugh offers perhaps his most moving performance because, for much of it, we can’t shake the feeling that we’re watching Lon Chaney… as Lon Chaney.”(Nitrate Diva)
Lon Chaney gives a powerful performance without the use of his artistic makeup in this tender tale filmed in glowing perfection by Jame Wong Howe. Chaney plays Flik,a professional clown who rivals a rich, young count (Nils Asther) for the love of a circus dancer – played with an earthy purity by a teenage Loretta Young.
What could have become soap opera silliness becomes a film of dramatic and psychological genuineness due to Chaney’s skilled acting. He is the epitome of a clown laughing on the outside as he is dying on the inside. Although a lesser known of Chaney’s film, Laugh, Clown, Laugh is a must see for any Chaney or Silent Film fan.
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