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    Laugh, Clown, Laugh (MGM, 1928). Window Card (14" X 22"). Of all the roles that Lon Chaney played during his outstanding career, this was, by all accounts, his favorite. Based on the story of Pagliacci, "the sad clown," it is the tale of Tito, a clown who rescues a young girl abandoned in the woods. As she grows up, he falls in love with her, but she, of course, is in love with someone else, leading to Tito's breakdown and eventual tragic sacrifice. A wonderful role for Chaney, it gave him an opportunity to showcase some of his comedic skills, honed during his days on the stage, as well as his exceptional dramatic abilities. This film is also notable as the first major role for future star Loretta Young, who was only 14 years old when shooting began. Offered here is a marvelous window card, which pictures Chaney in full clown make-up. It has multiple tack holes at the top and bottom, some of which have been slightly torn, a stain in the top left, some foxing, and light warping overall. It is signed by Loretta Young in the lower right. This is a very rare and desirable piece that will be the highlight of virtually any poster collection. Fine/Very Fine.

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