Famous Clowns

Pat Valdo's famous whiteface clown on a Ringling Brothers poster

Pat Valdo

Pat Valdo (1881-1970)

Pat Valdo, in whiteface clown makeup, entertaining a group of children with a toy




Pat Valdo had a long career with the American circus.  He became one of the iconic clowns, and later became director of personnel at the Ringling Brothers circus. (more…)

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Ask Mr. Wise Guy - a clown ministry skit for multiple speaking clowns

Ask Mr. Wise Guy

Ask Mr. Wise Guy – a clown ministry skit for multiple speaking clowns




Props required:

Ladder (for the ‘wise guy’ to sit on, Bible, mutliple cards) (more…)

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That's My Boy (1951) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

That’s My Boy

That’s My Boy (1951) starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

In That’s My Boy, Jerry Lewis plays the part of “Junior” Jackson, a non-athlete who lives in the shadow of his father’s college football days — and his father plans to relive his glory days through his son, Junior, whether Junior wants to or not. Dean Martin plays the part of  Bill Baker, a natural athlete who would likely be All-American.  If he could only afford to attend college(more…)

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Panama Hattie (1942) starring Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Rags Ragland, Virginia O'Brien

Panama Hattie [Red Skelton]

Panama Hattie (1942) starring Red Skelton, Ann Sothern, Rags Ragland, Virginia O’Brien

Editorial review of  Panama Hattie courtesy of Amazon.com

Hattie Maloney (Ann Sothern) is a gaudy, good-hearted nightclub singer who tends to love above her station. This time, it’s pedigreed officer Dick Bulliet (Dan Dailey, Jr.), and it’s for real. But there’s one little problem: he’s got a small daughter so ladylike she makes Emily Post look like Tugboat Annie – and she’s not impressed with Hattie’s bangles and bows. And Hattie’s got a trio of protectors, three goofball gobs who think that maybe Hattie’s too good for Dick. (more…)

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Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings

Movie Crazy

Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance Cummings

Synopsis of Movie Crazy

Movie Crazy (1932) starring Harold Lloyd, Constance CummingsIn Movie Crazy, Harold Lloyd is a country bumpkin who desperately wants to go to Hollywood and become a star.  However, he’s not that good when trying to act – but unintentionally hilarious.  Despite failing his screen test, fate allows him to be hilarious on screen, and get a movie contract. (more…)

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Movie review of Merton of the Movies (1947), starring Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien

Merton of the Movies [Red Skelton]

Movie review of Merton of the Movies (1947), starring Red Skelton, Virginia O’Brien

Merton of the Movies is set in the silent movie era of Hollywood.  Red Skelton plays the part of Gil Merton, a naive, movie-struck young man.  Who is given a chance to be a star – but he doesn’t realize it. A very funny, and sweet, Red Skelton movie co-starring Virginia O’Brien. (more…)

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Neptune's Daughter (1949) starring Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn

Neptune’s Daughter

Neptune’s Daughter (1949) starring Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Red Skelton, Betty Garrett, Keenan Wynn

Neptune’s Daughter is a laugh out loud funny romantic musical comedy, which I enjoyed immensely.   Although the movie stars the beautiful (and aquatic) Esther Williams and the dashing Ricardo Montalban (one of my favorite actors), the movie comes to life when Red Skelton is onscreen. (more…)

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Way ... Way Out (1966) starring Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens,  Dick Shawn,  Anita Ekberg

Way … Way Out

Way … Way Out (1966) starring Jerry Lewis, Connie Stevens,  Dick Shawn,  Anita Ekberg

Synopsis of Way… Way Out

Way … Way Out is set in the “far future” of 1986 (!), there’s a problem with the American lunar base — the men stationed there for long-term missions are going stir-crazy from lack of … female companionship.   The American government decides to solve the problem by sending up a married American team in their place — but the only astronaut qualified is Pete Mattemore (Jerry Lewis), who is still single. (more…)

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Jerry Lewis as The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor (1963) starring Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens

The Nutty Professor is Jerry Lewis‘ most famous film, and with good reason.  Unlike many of his comedies, this is more than a thin plot for him to hang slapstick on.  The character of Dr. Julius Kelp is well-rounded and sympathetic – as well as the traditional klutz that Jerry Lewis portrays so well.  The ultimate nerd, after being physically humiliated in front of his class, he tries several (very funny) attempts at building himself up, only to fail miserably.  Kelp then turns to his knowledge of science to create a formula to turn himself into the macho he-man that he dreams of being, in hopes of earning the affections of Stella Purdy (played very well by Stella Stevens).  (more…)

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Chin Up, Stout Fellow - sung by Danny Kaye in Merry Andrew

Chin Up, Stout Fellow! song lyrics

Lyrics to Chin Up, Stout Fellow! by Johnny Mercer, music by Saul Chaplin, performed by Danny Kaye with Robert Coote (dubbed by William B. Lee) and Rex Evans (dubbed by Ernest Newton) in Merry Andrew

Brother 1: It’s really now or never, son. Fair lady faint heart never won!
Brother 2: We’re with you all the way, old pot! Stiff upper lip, and all that rot.
Brother 1: Chin up, stout fellow!
Brother 2: By George! Good show!
Brother 1: Chest out! And bellow! Pip, pip, eh what?
Brother 1 and 2: What ho! [take Danny Kaye by the arms and lead him forward]
Danny Kaye: But you don’t know what it’s like to talk to father, he’s absolutely irrational!
Brother 1: Balderdash! I shan’t forget that fateful day, I collared him and had my say; I shook him by his blasted ears! It only took me twenty years. (more…)

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