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He Who Gets Slapped (1924) was a Drama - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Victor Sj?str?m and produced by Irving Thalberg and Victor Sjöström.

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He Who Gets Slapped (1924)

By Lindsey on Jul 8, 2013 From The Motion Pictures

(Image: Movie Poster Shop) Paul Beaumont (Lon Chaney)?is a scientist who has spent years researching the origin of humans. Baron Regnard (Marc McDermott) has become his patron, funding all of the research. On top of that,?Regnard?opens up his mansion to Paul and his wife Marie. On the surface, the t... Read full article


By Lara on Jul 19, 2011 From Backlots

The closing night of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival last night featured a screening of He Who Gets Slapped, an incredibly disturbing, upsetting, yet ultimately touching and poignant film. It stars Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, and Lon Chaney as “He,” a clown performing in an act a... Read full article

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Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg upon viewing early rushes of this production wanted to fire the film's cinematographer, Milton Moore, as they thought the photographic exposure too low and blamed Moore for incompetence. Victor Sjöström came to Moore's defense by stating he had told Moore to shoot "low", as it was essential to the plot of the story. Moore was kept on as cinematographer
The first film to feature Leo the Lion roaring as MGM's logo. Designed by Howard Dietz, the logo was first used for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation film Polly of the Circus and passed to MGM when Goldwyn merged with two other companies to form MGM.
"He Who Gets Slapped" was originally a Russian book by Leonid Andreyev and was translated into English and adapted for the stage by Gregory Zillboorg. It opened on Jan. 9, 1922 at the Garrick Theatre in New York and ran for 182 performances. With the exception of Consuelo (Norma Shearer's character), most of the characters in the stage production did not have names. The Lon Chaney character in the play was simply "He", and the others "a Juggler," "an Acrobat", etc. MGM did not credit Zillboorg for his theatrical adaptation.
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