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The Clown (1953)

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An unofficial remake of The Champ, The Clown concerns Dodo Delwyn (Red Skelton), a down-and-out performer with abundant and obvious talent, but also a self-destructive tendency to overindulge his drinking and gambling habits. Once a Ziegfeld headliner, Dodo is now lucky to get jobs playing a clown at cheap amusement parks and even cheaper burlesque. Dodo's addictions cost him his marriage, but he somehow is able to maintain custody of his son Dink (Tim Considine), whose love for and faith in his father knows no bounds. Dink and Dodo's desperate need for each other is threatened when Dink's mother -- married again and capable of providing him with a better life -- reappears and explains that she wants to take care of the boy herself. Dink goes behind his father's back to locate his old agent, and begs him to help Dodo; but the agent cannot do anything. Dink goes away with his mother, but is miserable and runs back to his father. The agent, meanwhile, has managed to wrangle a TV show for Dodo -- and now that his son is back and needs him, Dodo resolves to find the courage to take up this offer and make a success of it. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Drama
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Warner Home Video

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Cast

Red Skelton
as Dodo Delwyn
Tim Considine
as Dink Delwyn
Jane Greer
as Paula Henderson
Loring Smith
as Benjamin Y. 'Goldie' Goldenson
Philip Ober
as Ralph Z. Henderson
Lou Lubin
as Little Julie
Fay Roope
as Dr. Strauss
Walter Reed
as Joe Hoagley
Eddie Marr
as Television Director
Jonathan Cott
as Floor director
Don Beddoe
as Gallagher
Steve Forrest
as Young Man
Ned Glass
as Danny Dayler
Steve Carruthers
as Maitre d'Hotel
Billy Barty
as Midget
Lucy Knoch
as Girl
David Saber
as Silvio
Gil Perkins
as Dundee
George Pat Collins
as Mr. Christenson
Karen Steele
as Blonde
Helene Millard
as Miss Batson
Forrest Lewis
as Pawnbroker
Robert Ford
as Al Zerney
John McKee
as Counterman
Jan Wayne
as Woman
Vici Raaf
as Woman
Jess Kirkpatrick
as Sergeant
Martha Wentworth
as Neighbor
Inge Jolles
as Secretary
Harry Staton
as Hogarth
John R. McKee
as Counterman
Wilson Wood
as Wardrobe Man
Frank Nelson
as Charlie
Tom Dillon
as Clancy
Paul Raymond
as Young Man
Tom Urray
as Vendor
Mary Foran
as Heavy Girl
Vicki Raaf
as Woman
David Blair
as TV Pageboy
Cy Stevens
as Makeup Man
G. Pat Collins
as Mr. Christenson
Shirley Mitchell
as Mrs. Blotto
Robert Stephenson
as Counterman
Jimmie Thompson
as Ad-Libber
Allen O'Locklin
as Ad-Libber
Tony Merrill
as Ad-Libber
Al Hill
as Dice Player
Jerry Schumacher
as Dice Player
Barry Regan
as Dice Player
Lennie Bremen
as George
Lee Phelps
as Sergeant
Joe Evans
as Attendant
Walter Ridge
as Attendant
George Boyce
as Attendant
Donald Kerr
as Attendant
Mickey Golden
as Attendant
Roger Moore
as Man with Hogarth
Jules Brock
as Dancer
Eve Martell
as Dancer
Neva Martell
as Dancer
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While Red Skelton is a respectable and skilled actor, this movie is a shameless remake of King Vidor's 1931 Best Picture Oscar winner, The Champ. It pales badly by comparison. Bypass this movie for the original which is much more compelling in telling the story.

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