He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

Drama | 22 December 1924

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HISTORY

According to the Aug 1924—Jan 1925 Motion Picture Magazine, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer postponed other projects to expedite production of He Who Gets Slapped, after obtaining motion picture rights to the 1922 stage production. An item in the 8 Aug 1924 FD reported the recent completion of principal photography.
       An advertisement published in the 29 Nov 1924 Moving Picture World announced that the film broke box-office records at the Capitol Theatre in New York City, taking in $70,468.05 during its first week of release.
       The Jun 1924 The Educational Screen listed He Who Gets Slapped as one of “The Ten Best [Films] for 1924-25.”
       He Who Gets Slapped was restored by Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation with support from the George Eastman House. ...

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According to the Aug 1924—Jan 1925 Motion Picture Magazine, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer postponed other projects to expedite production of He Who Gets Slapped, after obtaining motion picture rights to the 1922 stage production. An item in the 8 Aug 1924 FD reported the recent completion of principal photography.
       An advertisement published in the 29 Nov 1924 Moving Picture World announced that the film broke box-office records at the Capitol Theatre in New York City, taking in $70,468.05 during its first week of release.
       The Jun 1924 The Educational Screen listed He Who Gets Slapped as one of “The Ten Best [Films] for 1924-25.”
       He Who Gets Slapped was restored by Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation with support from the George Eastman House.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
8 Aug 1924
p. 2
Film Daily
2 Nov 1924
p. 11
Motion Picture Magazine
Aug 1924--Jan 1925
p. 106
Moving Picture World
15 Nov 1924
p. 266
Moving Picture World
29 Nov 1924
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New York Times
10 Nov 1924
p. 20
Photoplay
Jan 1925
p. 61
The Educational Screen
Jun 1925
p. 358
Variety
12 Nov 1924
p. 24
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings
COSTUMES
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play He Who Gets Slapped by Gregory Zilboorg (New York, 9 Jan 1922) as adapted from the play Tot, Kto Poluchaet Poshchechiny by Leonid Andreyev Nikolaevich (1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 December 1924
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 9 Nov 1924
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
10 November 1924
LP20745
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,953
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

On the eve of great success, a scientist ("He Who Gets Slapped") loses both his invention and his wife to Baron Regnard, who describes his victim as a fool. He decides to lose himself in the laughter of others and becomes France's most famous clown. Even Consuelo, a bareback rider who loves her partner, Bezano, laughs when He confesses his love for her. Learning that Consuelo's father, Count Mancini, plans her marriage to Baron Regnard, He releases a lion which kills the pair; and, fatally stabbed by Regnard, the clown stumbles and staggers around the circus ring to the delight of the audience. He dies in the arms of Consuelo, who is free to marry ...

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On the eve of great success, a scientist ("He Who Gets Slapped") loses both his invention and his wife to Baron Regnard, who describes his victim as a fool. He decides to lose himself in the laughter of others and becomes France's most famous clown. Even Consuelo, a bareback rider who loves her partner, Bezano, laughs when He confesses his love for her. Learning that Consuelo's father, Count Mancini, plans her marriage to Baron Regnard, He releases a lion which kills the pair; and, fatally stabbed by Regnard, the clown stumbles and staggers around the circus ring to the delight of the audience. He dies in the arms of Consuelo, who is free to marry Bezano.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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