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The Clown and the Kid (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 27 December 1961 (USA)
When a clown dies, his small son forms a circus act with an escaped convict. The latter falls in love with the amusement park owner.


Edward L. Cahn


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Complete credited cast:
John Lupton ... Peter
Michael McGreevey ... Shawn
Don Keefer ... Moko
Mary Webster ... Robin
Barry Kelley ... Barker
Edith Evanson ... Mother Superior
Ken Mayer ... Trooper
Peggy Stewart ... Sister Grace
James Parnell James Parnell ... Second Patrolman
Charles G. Martin ... Daly (as Charles Martin)


When a clown dies, his small son forms a circus act with an escaped convict. The latter falls in love with the amusement park owner.

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Ex-Con...Carnival Kid...




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27 December 1961 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Victor French as Patrolman #1. See more »

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Inspired by DeMille, believe it or not
2 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Clown And The Kid is a film that was shot on a dental floss budget and is next to zero in production values. But in certain respects it's got some appeal to it as far as the players were concerned.

I get the distinct feeling that the film ran out of budget and the ending was quickly written and shot to give resolution. The story concerns the paths of escaped criminal John Lupton who the law enforcement of Texas is looking for and Michael McGreevey who together with his father and horse have a traveling carnival act.

The father is Don Keefer and he's gotten some really bad news. He's got a bad heart and could go at any time. So he's packed up boy and horse and is on his way to a convent school run by Sister Edith Evanson whom he had an arrangement to take care of McGreevey should anything happen to him.

The best acted scenes in the film are with Keefer and McGreevey each knowing that their time together could be their last. Lupton comes upon them and discovers Keefer dead. These two kind of bond and McGreevey teaches Lupton the clown business which he picks up pretty good.

Someone saw Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show On Earth where Jimmy Stewart spent the entire film in clown makeup for the next idea because that's what Lupton does for the most part. But carnival owner Mary Webster is intrigued. So is law enforcement in the person of Detective Barry Kelley.

The Clown And The Kid is a cheapo deluxo of a movie. Still is good however for family audiences.

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