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Directed by acclaimed Swedish film maker and actor Victor Sjöström, credited as Victor Seastrom for his American films, He Who Gets Slapped is a 1924 silent film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and stars Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, and Norma Shearer.
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CastJohn Gilbert, Lon Chaney, Sr., Norma Shearer
DirectorVictor Sjöström
Genre:  Classics, Drama
Release Date:  1924
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Runtime:  85 minutes
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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Quick Tip by . August 15, 2011
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One of my favorite Lon Chaney films, He Who Gets Slapped is a comical tragedy or a tragical comedy about a man destined to succeed only at failure... even as a clown. The film, which came out in 1924,  was directed by legendary Swedish actor and director Victor Sjöström (credited as Victor Seastrom) and was based on a Russian play.   As a film, He Who Gets Slapped is a superb silent melodrama examining an audience's need for violent spectacle and their sadistic enjoyment …
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