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Director  Robert Youngson
Music director  Manny Albam
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Country  United States
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Screenplay  Robert Youngson
Writer  Robert Youngson
Language  English
4 Clowns movie poster
Release date  September 1970 (1970-09)
Cast  Stan Laurel ((archive footage)), Oliver Hardy ((archive footage)), Charley Chase ((archive footage)), Buster Keaton ((archive footage)), Jay Jackson (Narration (voice))
Similar movies  Related Robert Youngson movies

4 clowns


4 Clowns is a 1970 documentary compilation film written and directed by Robert Youngson that studies the golden age of comedy through a compilation of rare silent film footage of the works of Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and Buster Keaton. This was the last feature film project of producer/director/writer Robert Youngson.

Contents

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Synopsis

The film is divided into three sections. The first section deals with early silent film works of Laurel and Hardy prior to the two becoming a team as well as their later work as a team. The second section deals with the career of Charlie Chase. The third section deals with Buster Keaton, The film is a compilation of excerpts from some of these actor's more notable projects.

Cast

Narrated by Jay Jackson, the film concentrates on the works of Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, and Buster Keaton.

Included in film's excerpts are actors Jean Arthur, Lori Bara, T. Roy Barnes, Bartine Burkett, Rosalind Byrne, Erwin Connelly, Jules Cowles, Doris Deane, Hazel Deane, Ruth Dwyer, Snitz Edwards, Connie Evans, Eugenia Gilbert, Edna Hammon, Marion Harlan, Jean C. Havez, Barbara Kent, Judy King, Frances Raymond, Viola Richard, Constance Talmadge, Pauline Toller, and Billy West.

Post-production

After Robert Youngson completed 4 Clowns, distribution rights were acquired by 20th Century-Fox in May 1970, and a release date was set. After its 1970 release, the film also aired commercially in the United Kingdom in 1992 and 1995 on Channel Four.

Reception

Leonard Maltin stated that the film was one of the best of Robert Youngson's compilations, and as it contained excerpts from "some of the best silent comedy ever", it was "a must for viewers of all ages."

References

4 Clowns Wikipedia
4 Clowns IMDb 4 Clowns themoviedb.org


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