Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Laugh, Clown, Laugh


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Lon Chaney (in a role virtually identical to his 1924 He Who Gets Slapped) portrays a tragic circus clown who falls disastrously in love with the young orphan girl he takes under his wing. Derived from a David Belasco stageplay, this late silent was issued with a musical track.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
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Written By: Joseph Farnham, Elizabeth Meehan
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Critic Reviews for Laugh, Clown, Laugh

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The fifteen-year-old Loretta Young (only 14 at the time of shooting) is 45-year-old Lon Chaney's leading lady.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | October 28, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Laugh, Clown, Laugh


Great acting from Cheney, but other than that, the story is predictable. It's that old story of a guy who just happens to find a young girl, raises her like a daughter and then falls in love with her when she is older. The ending was really good too. Overall, it's a pretty good movie, but it would have been better if the story weren't so predictable.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

This is one of Chaney's best. He's phenomenal in projecting emotion from one second to the next portraying a clown who must suppress his love for his adopted daughter who is now a grown woman. The tragic story is very moving, so along with that, horror fans may find little here but Chaney fans will find plenty.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

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