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He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

He Who Gets Slapped (1924)





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This compelling and exceptionally well-executed silent drama, from new MGM studio executives Irving Thalburg and producer Louis B. Mayer is based on a highly-regarded Russian play and features the studio's biggest stars, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert and Norma Shearer. Directed by noted Swedish filmmmaker Victor Sjostrom, it is the story of a scientific genius who is humiliated by his philandering wife and a major career set-back. To express his pain, bitterness and anger he becomes a circus clown who seems to enjoy the frequently cruel slapstick antics of his new colleagues. While in the circus, he finds a chance at renewal when he falls for a lovely bareback rider. But will he at last find happiness? Or will tragedy continue to be his closest companion?
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Lon Chaney
as Paul Beaumont
Norma Shearer
as Consuelo
John Gilbert
as Bezano
Marc MacDermott
as Baron Regnard
Tully Marshall
as Count Mancini
Ford Sterling
as Tricaud
Harvey Clarke
as Briquet
Ruth King
as Marie Beaumont
Clyde Cook
as Clown
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Critic Reviews for He Who Gets Slapped

All Critics (2)

A subdued Chaney offers one of his greatest performances.

Full Review… | June 4, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Chaney, um dos grandes atores do período, cria um personagem trágico e memorável, mas o roteiro é excessivamente simples do ponto de vista dramático, o que atrapalha o filme.

October 19, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for He Who Gets Slapped


He Who Gets Slapped is disappointing in its supporting characters and a meandering second act, but the protagonist is excellent and so well played by terrific Lon Chaney, the dialogue is too on the nose, but the themes are important and interesting and some scenes are quite moving and heartbreaking.

David Lazovic
David Lazovic

the story is wack but lon chaney rules

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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Although I liked this movie in general, I'm less impressed than I have been by the other Sjostrom films I've seen. All the clown imagery seems like a sure influence on Bergman (in particular Sawdust and Tinsel and In the Presense of a Clown) some of it is quite freaky and avant-garde. Beyond that, this is pretty much Lon Chaney's show, and he does a fine job, leaving the rest of the cast in the dust. The story is loaded with pathos, though rather predictable. A good solid film.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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