Friday, May 16, 2008

Lon Chaney Sr. Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Tito, a clown, adopts a girl whom he names Simonetta. The girl matures into an attractive woman, desired by Luigi, a wealthy nobleman. On the eve of her marriage, Simonetta learns that Tito loves her, and she responds, presumably, to avoid hurting him, by declaring that she returns his love. That night, disbelieving her, Tito falls while practicing a familiar trick--sliding down a tightwire--thus freeing Simonetta to marry the count. In an alternative (happy) ending, Tito survives his fall, Simonetta marries Luigi, and they all remain close friends.

Lon Chaney (Tito )
Bernard Siegel (Simon )
Loretta Young (Simonetta )
Cissy FitzGerald (Giancinta )
Nils Asther (Luigi )
Gwen Lee (Lucretia )


Daniel said...

A really beautiful painting of Lon and co-star Loretta Young from the classic silent movie "LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH" (one of my favorite Chaney movies).
What I love the most about this painting is the way you caught the terrible sadness in both of their eyes.
I do have one TINY criticism though - Lon's temples should have been grey (acknowledging the vast difference in age between the two characters - a major plot point of the movie).

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