A Thousand Clowns (1965)

thousand clowns“If things aren’t funny then they’re exactly what they are; and then they’re like a long dental appointment.” – Murray Burns

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A comedy sketch writer who is raising his 12 year old nephew must deal with social services who want their household to have more stability.

My Take on it – This movie is a brilliant adaptation of the play by the same name.

The script and dialogue are written quite cleverly and comedically and it’s a pleasure to listen to the back and forths between the characters.

Jason Robards was known throughout his career as a supporting player, but in a rare case, he played the lead in this film. He does such a great job that it still amazes me that he didn’t have more lead acting opportunities in the future based on this performance.

I can see how this story could be so pleasurable to also see on stage because it was filmed quite intimately and claustrophobic.

Martin Balsam won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Robard’s brother.

Bottom Line – Excellent and very clever script. Robards is great as the lead eventhough he excelled through his career as a supporting character actor. Adapted quite well from the original stage play. Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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