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LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH (1928) *** ½

Lon Chaney stars as Tito, a clown who finds an abandoned girl. He names her Simonetta and raises her and puts her in his act as a tightrope walker. She meets and falls in love with Count Ravelli, who has bursts of uncontrollable laughter. Tito is depressed from his unrequited love for Simonetta and he and the Count become friends. When Tito finds out she loves the Count instead, heartbroken, he still goes on stage to make people laugh. He does an awesome stunt where he slides down a wire on his head. Later Simonetta professes her love for Tito but he thinks she’s lying. He tries to do his act but falls from the wire and dies. Though most of Chaney’s “monster” roles are more well known, his unrequited love melodramas are equally as good. Chaney had deaf mute parents which many credit for his acting ability in silent movies. He also, of course did his own make-up for this film, that’s effective and enhances his excellent performance.
Tags: drama, l, silent
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