Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1927): Oscar-Winning Silent Starring Lon Chaney

In this touching silent tale, directed by Herbert Brenon, Lon Chaney plays a circus clown.

He continues smiling despite the fact that his heart is heartbroken by his ward (the young Loretta Young, before she became a star).

In the end, he decides to take his own life so that she can marry her own true love.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Title Writing: Joseph Farnham

Oscar Awards: 1

Title Writing

Oscar Context:

In some records, Joseph Farnham is also cited for two other films, Telling the World and The Fair Co-Ed.

For obvious reasons, this category became obsolete, as soon as the silents became talkies….