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Painted Faces

Starring: Joe E. Brown & Lester Cole Director: Albert S. Rogell
A vaudeville star is murdered backstage and another performer is accused of the crime.
Painted Faces
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 14 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1929
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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As the lone dissenting juror in a seemingly open-and-shut murder case, soft-spoken Hermann, a circus clown by trade, is under tremendous pressure from the other jurors to join them in finding the defendant guilty. It's a week until Christmas, and everybody wants to bring the trial to a quick end, but Hermann pleads with them to listen to a story before they decide on the man's fate. He proceeds to weave a dark tale of heartbreak and loss on the circus midway - a tale with a shocking ending that will prove that the man about to be condemned could not have pulled the trigger.

Veteran circus and vaudeville performer turned comic actor, Joe E. Brown, sports a thick Dutch accent for this sympathetic portrayal of a laughing clown with a broken heart. Albert S. Rogell directs the film with a naturalistic, overlapping style of dialogue that prefigures later works by Howard Hawks and Robert Altman.

Product Description:

An early talkie in which the wrong man is charged with a murder and star Brown, playing a Scandanavian juror, argues for his innocence.

Plot Keywords:

Injustice | Murder | Mystery | Thriller | Vintage

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  • Sales Rank: 1,733
  • UPC: 089218538895
  • Shipping Weight: 0.39/lbs (approx)
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