Thousand Clowns (1965)

Thousand Clowns (1965)

Jason Robards Jr.
Director: Fred Coe Cast: Jason Robards Jr.
Jason Robards Jr.
, Barbara Harris
Barbara Harris
, Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
Fred Coe

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Jason Robards Jr. superbly re-creates his Broadway role in this 1965 film version of Herb Gardner's play. Robards plays Murray Burns, head writer of TV's popular Chuckles the Chipmunk show. Fed up with the rat race, Murray quits his job and retreats to his cluttered Manhattan apartment, where he carries on a nonconformist, laissez-faire existence with his 12-year-old nephew Nick (Barry Gordon). Though they're as close as father and son, Robards has never gotten around to legally adopting Nick, which brings him to the attention of social workers Sandra (Barbara Harris) and Albert (William Daniels). While Albert is disgusted by Murray's irreverence, Sandra falls in love with the free-spirited writer. Teaming up with Nick, Sandra tries to convince Murray to get another job. Arnold Burns (Oscar-winner Martin Balsam), Murray's agent-brother, is amused by his sibling's independence, but can find no work for him. Desperate not to lose Nick to the authorities, Murray offers to go back to Chuckles the Chipmunk -- aka Leo (Gene Saks), a neurotic bug who bullies his staff and hates kids. Young Nick is disillusioned by Murray's willingness to conform, and he throws an uncharacteristic temper tantrum. But the boy comes around to Murray's sudden realization that compromise is sometimes necessary if it's for the sake of someone you love. While the central message of A Thousand Clowns may grate on some viewers, the film is saved by the exuberance of the cast.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2020
UPC: 0738329244774
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 14,481

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Robards Murray Burns
Barbara Harris Sandra
Martin Balsam Arnold Burns
Gene Saks Leo
William Daniels Albert
Barry J. Gordon Nick

Technical Credits
Fred Coe Director,Producer
Irving Buchman Makeup
Herb Gardner Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Judy Holliday Songwriter
Gus Kahn Songwriter
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup
Gerry Mulligan Songwriter
Herb Mulligan Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Ralph Rosenblum Associate Producer,Editor
Don Walker Score Composer

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