Famous Clowns

Bill Ballantine, dean of Clown College

Bill Ballantine photo gallery

Bill Ballantine photo gallery – Bill Ballantine, illustrator and writer, traveled with the Ringling Brothers circus during the 1946 tour, caught the bug and become a professional clown the following season.  From 1969 through 1977, Ballantine served as dean of the Clown College. (more…)

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Color photo of Danny Kaye as the title character in Hans Christian Andersen

Danny Kaye photo gallery

Danny Kaye photo gallery – Danny Kaye photos, from his movies, television shows, and home life. (more…)

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Portrait photograph of Coco

Coco photo gallery

Coco photo gallery, a third generation Russian circus clown, who achieved his fame in England where the family came while he was a youth. Also included are photos of his father, Nicolai Polakovs, who originated the name Coco as a famous clown in Europe. He developed several classic clown routines, including Busy Bee. He later became an independent working clown, sometimes acting as an advance performer in small shows.

Many of these photos are courtesy of the International Clown Hall of Fame our thanks to them. (more…)

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Face of Glenn Frosty Little

Frosty Little photo gallery

Frosty Little photo gallery dedicated to Frosty Little, “Boss Clown” of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus for several years. (more…)

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Smiling face of Bert Lahr

Photo gallery of Bert Lahr

Photo gallery of Bert Lahr, movie and stage clown – a Tony Award-winning American actor and comedian. He is best remembered today for his role as the Cowardly Lion and the farmworker Zeke in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, but was well known during his life for work in burlesque, vaudeville, and Broadway. (more…)

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Bob Bell as Bozo, cover of the Chicago Tribune

Bozo the Clown photo gallery

Bozo the Clown photo gallery – the character of Bozo was created by Alan Livingston and Pinto Colvig at Capitol Records, and made a worldwide phenomenon by Larry Harmon

Many of the images are courtesy of the International Clown Hall of Fame (more…)

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Signature of Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly photo gallery

Photo Gallery of Emmett Kelly, the world famous tramp clown, Weary Willie (more…)

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Laurel and Hardy - the lost films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - Hal Roach Studios - the complete collection volume 5 - DVD - NTSC - Image Entertainment

The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy volume 5

The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy – The Complete Collection, Vol. 5 (1929)

Laurel and Hardy - the lost films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - Hal Roach Studios - the complete collection volume 5 - DVD - NTSC - Image EntertainmentBuy The Lost Films of Laurel & Hardy - The Complete Collection, Vol. 5 from Amazon.com A collection of Laurel and Hardy short films from the Roach Studios, including some individual efforts.  The short films included on this DVD include: (more…)

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review of the Laurel and Hardy short film Beau Hunks (1931) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Beau Hunks

review of the Laurel and Hardy short film Beau Hunks (1931) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Beau Hunks begins with Oliver Hardy singing “The Ideal of My Dreams“, as Stan Laurel cuts an advertisement for fertilizer out of the newspaper and unintentionally cuts the fabric out of Oliver’s upholstery, exposing a spring, which causes Oliver to do massive damage to his room later.  First, however, Oliver is planning on marrying his sweetheart, “Jeanie Weanie”, who’s signed photograph he carries with him.  The mail comes, with a letter from Jeanie-Weanie, which Oliver is too upset to read, so Stan reads it to him – where Jeanie-Weanie, who has traveled all around the world, is breaking up with Oliver and never wants to see him again.  Broken-hearted, Oliver decides to “go where men go to forget” – the French Foreign Legion.  And he takes Stan along with him. (more…)

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A Night in Casablanca, starring the Marx Brothers

A Night in Casablanca

A Night in Casablanca (1946) starring the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo), Sig Ruman

Buy from Amazon.com A Night in Casablanca is the last Marx Brothers movie, and I’m happy to say,  one of their finest. The Marx Brothers had officially retired by this time.  However, they reunited on screen for the financial benefit of their brother  Chico. And I’m very glad they did. (more…)

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