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The Clown (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 16 January 1953 (USA)
Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking. His son Little Dink idolizes Dodo and faithfully ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Frances Marion (story), Leonard Praskins (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Dodo Delwyn
Jane Greer ... Paula Henderson
Tim Considine ... Dink Delwyn
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Benjamin Y. 'Goldie' Goldenson
Philip Ober ... Ralph Z. Henderson
Lou Lubin ... Little Julie
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Doctor Strauss
Walter Reed ... Joe Hoagley
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Television Director
Jonathan Cott ... Floor Director
Don Beddoe ... Gallagher
Steve Forrest ... Young Man
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Once a famous Ziegfeld star, Dodo Delwyn, is reduced to playing clowns in burlesque and amusement parks as a result of his drinking. His son Little Dink idolizes Dodo and faithfully believes in a comeback. He persuades "Uncle" Goldie, Dodo's agent in the good old days, to find a booking for Dodo. He can't, and Dink is sent to live with his remarried-and-wealthy mother, Paula. The unhappy Dink runs back to his father. His welcome return gives Dodo the courage needed to try a knockabout TV show offered by Goldie. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You'll cry...You'll laugh...You'll love it!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le clown See more »

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Budget:

$887,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Tim Considine. He would become best known for My Three Sons (1960). See more »

Goofs

After Dodo talks to Henderson in the hallway about Dink, Dodo goes to open the door to his apartment twice between shots. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Champ (1931) See more »

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The Champ of show business
25 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

As dramatic actor Red Skelton reached the height of his career with this remake of The Champ. It's not pugilism that this film deals with rather another grueling profession show business. Skelton being the son of a man who was a druggist and former circus clown was the perfect choice to play The Clown.

The Clown has Skelton as a former top comedian and star of Ziegfeld Follies having let bad habits get the better of him. He travels with his young son Tim Considine and it's Considine sometimes you would think was the grownup in the relationship.

If you've seen Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper in The Champ then you know exactly how this one comes out. Skelton reaches down no doubt into some of the experience of both his childhood and early years in show business though in his case that blends quite a bit as he started young. He gets down in the depths and drags up a dramatic performance that he never did before or since. I think once was enough for Red Skelton who thought of himself as a clown who great fortune smiled on. In the case of his character Dodo Dolwyn he took quite a few knocks and fortune eventually smiled on him, but too late.

Jane Greer and Philip Ober are fine as Skelton's former wife and her new husband. But the scenes with Skelton and Considine are special.

A must for Red Skelton fans.


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