Emmett Kelly

The Clown and the Kids, starring Emmett Kelly Sr.

The Clown and the Kids

The Clown and the Kids (1968), starring Emmett Kelly Sr.  In short, The Clown and the Kids is strictly a movie for children, starring the great tramp clown, Emmett Kelly Sr.  It has him as the head of a small family circus, traveling through Europe.  In fact, most of the cast has their words dubbed.  […]

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Signature of Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly photo gallery

Photo Gallery of Emmett Kelly, the world famous tramp clown, Weary Willie

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Emmett Kelly - greatest clown on Earth book

Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth

Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth (Notable Missourians) In the early 1900s, the circus was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in America, and one of the most popular circus acts was the clown. White-faced clowns in bright costumes made adults and children laugh with their silly antics. When the Great Depression […]

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Weary Willy sketch by Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about the famous tramp clown, Emmett Kelly Sr., who performed with the Ringling Brothers, the Brooklyn Dodgers, on Broadway, in the movies, and elsewhere.

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Emmett Kelly as Weary Willie

Clown, by Emmett Kelly

book review of  Clown, Autobiography of Emmett Kelly  Clown, Emmett Kelly‘s autobiography (written with the help of F. Beverly Kelly) is a very warm, friendly biography of the famous tramp circus clown.   It is told in a very homespun style, as though Emmett Kelly was sitting across the dining room table, and telling you […]

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30" Emmett Kelly Jr. Ventriloquist Doll with Tote Bag and Instruction Booklet

30′ Emmett Kelly Jr. ventriloquist doll

 30″ Emmett Kelly Jr. ventriloquist doll Emmett Kelly Jr. displayed a brilliant talent for using body language to convey emotion to his audience and he entertained millions with his perpetual, “sad clown” expression. One of the most recognizable clowns in the world, Kelly is best remembered for his “sweeping the spotlight” routine. His tattered clothing […]

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Emmett Kelly as Weary Willie, painting by Jim Howle

Long-lasting smile – a story about Emmett Kelly Sr.

A Long-Lasting Smile – a story about Emmett Kelly Sr. Shortly after World War II, when I was 9 or 10, my parents took me to the Ringling Brothers Circus. I loved the circus, especially the clowns. There was one clown that I knew by name. Everyone did: Emmett Kelly. We had some of the […]

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Emmett Kelly Museum – Largest Gathering of Clowns world record attempt – 2007

Emmett Kelly Museum – Largest Gathering of Clowns world record attempt – 2007 The Emmett Kelly Museum board of directors announce they will sponsor the museum’s 40th Anniversary Celebration and Largest Gathering of Clowns, world record attempt. The celebration events to take place June 18 – 23, 2007 in Sedan, Kansas, the birth town of […]

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