Fun Size Review: Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Lon Chaney, Loretta Young and Nils Asther play three corners of a love triangle made pretty disturbing by the leading lady’s youth and the general squickiness of the plot.

Chaney tries, Young is green and Asther comes off as sleazy rather than appealing. Worst of all, we don’t get the usual horror-tinged, rampaging Chaney payoff that would have made the horrible “wife husbandry” plot worthwhile. Not Chaney’s best by any stretch of the imagination.

Gwen Lee’s very appropriate reaction to Nils Asther making passes at a schoolgirl.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Chaney is so conflicted about loving his adopted daughter that he kills himself. The end.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Lemon Sauerkraut Jello. Who thought this was a good idea? Because they need professional help, stat.

Availability: Released on DVD as part of the out-of-print Lon Chaney Collection.


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  1. Gene Zonarich

    Thanks for introducing me to the word “squicky” a while back (maybe it in was your original review for LCL). And Loretta being all of fifteen IRL at the time definitely multiplies the squick factor. Wife Husbandry and Lemon Sauerkraut Jello (!) blended into one tasty, bite-size, fun-sized review! 😉

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