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Hello .....where can I find a dvd source with some classic american clowning ...Lou Jacobs,Emmit Kelly...etc...
I saw the lou Jacobs clown car act on youtube ...but I need more thanks for your help.....
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It's been a while since I've watched it, but I believe it was Frederico Fellini's classic film, The Clowns, that features some of the greatest European clown artists of our time. It's an older film (1971) but may have part of what you're looking for.

If I remember correctly, you can also catch some of Emmett's and Lou's routines in the film The Greatest Show on Earth; including Lou's Rabbit Hunt and Minicar routines and Emmett Kelly's Spotlight routine.

Emmett was also featured in a 1955 autobigraphical TV film titled The Clown that might still be floating around out there somewhere. I believe Emmett, Lou and Otto were featured in a 1947 documentary called Here Comes the Circus but I'd bet that's hard to find these days. You might want to check Amazon or the Library of Congress.

Emmett also appeared as Weary Willie on episodes of The Carol Burnett Show (Ep.#9/1970, Ep.#4/1976) and the Ed Sullivan Show (Ep.8/1955, Ep.9/1956, Ep.13/1960). Check some of the boxed collections at Amazon for these Episodes.

Mickey Rooney starred in a 1981 TV movie recounting the life of Chicago Clown, Jack Thum. The name of the film was Leave them Laughing and deals more with Jack Thum's status as a prominent foster parent and proponent for children's rights as well as his lost fight with cancer. But it has several of Jack's wonderful routines and bits of information included.

Red Skelton incorporated a lot of the classic clown routines into his Freddy the Freeloader and Clem Kadiddlehopper characters. You might check for some of those episodes.

I don't have any listings for other films with Otto Griebling, Lou Jacobs or the other greats. Emmett was a pioneer and reached beyond the circus ring to TV, Film and Broadway while the other Greats were fairly content with circus life. Hope
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Thank you so much Skip !!!!
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Well If you ever in Memphis I have half a house full of them, So if you ever have a couple of weeks come on downand we will do move night!
but seriously
I am on you tube and I "favorite" clown clips when I see them
you can check out my page there!
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Is there specific gags you are looking for, or just want to see some good old fashion clowning?
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Thanks for the invite ....and thanks for the links ...I'll let you know if down your way........
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There's a charming DvD called Funny Bones that you might look for. It features Jerry Lewis and Oliver Platt. The film has some pretty cool clowning.
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