HE Who Gets Slapped

1
In the grim comedy 
  of life, it has been
wisely said that the last
  laugh is the best -

2
In the villa of Baron Regnard
  in Paris, Paul Beaumont,
an unknown scientist, labored
to prove his startling theories
on the Origin of Mankind -

	- Lon Chaney

3
For years Beaumont had
     struggled alone, in
poverty, until the Baron -
suddenly interested in his
work - had invited him into
       his home -

4
In the scientist's life
  there were but two
loves - his work - and
his wife, Marie -

	- Ruth King

5
The illustrious Baron
  Regnard, a patron
of the Sciences -

	- Marc McDermott

6
"I've proved all my 
    theories -"

7
"Now I am ready to go 
before the Academy -"

8
"I will be famous -
and it shall be all for 
you, Maria, my love -"

9
"And you, my benefactor
- how can I thank you?"

10
"Now, Paul, you must rest.
The Baron will make 
all the arrangements with
     the Academy."

11
On the appointed day, Paul
  Beaumont appeared
before the Academy of the
Sciences - for judgment
   upon his work -

12
He had left all 
 arrangements
to his influential 
friend, the Baron -

13
"You have told them all
my discoveries - but
you have not told them
  they are mine -"

14
"The Baron is my
friend - he will tell
 you the truth -"

15
"The man is insane! A
starving student I hired
  as an assistant."

16
Laughter - the bitterest and
   most subtle death to
          hope -

17
"He slapped me, Marie. I
would have killed him,
but they laughed -
laughed as if I were a
       clown."

18
"Yes, I love him! Why
shouldn't I, you fool?"

19
"What have you given 
me - that I should love 
you? You with your
silly face and stupid 
       books!"

20
"Fool! Clown!"

21
"Fool! Clown!"

22
The agony of that
  night exhausted
Paul Beaumont's power
to suffer. For there is a
limit to what men can
 suffer - and live.

23
Paul Beaumont lived - to
  laugh at life. He laughed 
at his wife and the Baron
- and left them to the
doubtful joy of each other's
         society.

24
Years had passed - Paul
Beaumont was forgotten
- but the laugh was still
his. For the brilliant scientist
had, with a supreme gesture
of contempt, made himself
    a common clown -

25
In a little circus near Paris,
  he amused the idle, the
ignorant and vicious, with
an act of his own fancy -
under the expressive name
of "HE - Who Gets Slapped" -

26
Five years before, Tricaud
  had hired the strange
clown who desired only to
be slapped - and now each
night he proudly counted
his slaps - and the laughs -

	- Ford Sterling

27
"Over a hundred slaps
last night, HE - you
lucky fellow! Soon you'll
  be getting famous!"

28
"But you know what they 
like - there's nothing
makes people laugh so
hard as seeing someone
 else get slapped!"

29
A thoroughbred of the
  circus - Bezano, the
daredevil rider -

	John Gilbert

30
"The Count Mancini offers
us his daughter Consuelo
 as a bareback rider."

31
Count Mancini - the 
  flower of an old
family - gone to seed -

	- Tully Marshall

32
Consuelo - an
 orchid in the ruined
Mancini gardens -

	- Norma Shearer

33
"The Count admits that 
his daughter has been
a great success in Italy."

34
"What do you say, Bezano?
A new act - with the two
 of you on one horse?"

35
"How stupid people are
- to laugh at a clown 
who lets himself be 
      slapped."

36
So into the crude life of 
  the circus came the
daughter of the Mancinis -
a delicately bred aristocrat
- reminding Paul Beaumont
of the world he had put
 behind him forever -

37
"I never see you any more,
Consuelo - every day you go
away with your father and
the strange gentleman -"

38
"Father's friend is a very
rich gentleman - perhaps
he will ask me to marry 
        him -"

39
"But you wouldn't,
   Consuelo -"

40
"Well, perhaps - I would
 - don't be too sure -"

41
"Let me see you, Consuelo,
once in a while. If I don't
see you - I shall die -"

42
"Tomorrow I will spend
the whole day with you."

43
A strange thing, the heart
  of man - that loves,
suffers, and despairs - yet
has courage to hope, believe
  - and love - again.

44
"You're getting so famous
you'll be leaving us soon
  for a bigger circus."

45
"I am happy here,
Consuelo - I want
to stay here always."

46
"Not always, HE - for
someday you'll find
something that you
want more than the
applause and laughs
 of the audience."

47
What is it in human nature
 that makes people quick
to laugh when someone else
gets slapped - whether the
slap be spiritual, mental -
    or physical - ?

48
"Honorable Gentlemen,
tonight I will prove the
  earth is round -"

49
"Honorable Gentlemen, I 
beg your pardon - the
  earth is flat -"

50
"Honorable Gentlemen,
I'm wrong again - the
  earth is HARD -"

51
"There is -"

52
"There is -"

53
"Bravo, HE - funnier
    than ever -"

54
"Lie down, HE - you're
   dead, you know!"

55
Again he could laugh at 
the Baron - this time
unrecognized -

56
"I hate clowns!"

57
"I hate Barons!"

58
"The Baron Regnard begs
the honor of seeing us
home. I have accepted
     for you -"

59
The Count Mancini 
 prepares for an 
important interview.

60
"Baron Regnard thinks the
daughter of a Mancini
can be purchased with
jewels! I shall enlighten
         him!"

61
Gather ye rosebuds while 
      ye may -

62
"I'm not hungry -"

63
"Neither am I."

64
"I wonder why -"

65
"Could it be because
- because you are 
    in love?"

66
"I am in love - I
    love you!"

67
"And you love me
  - don't you?"

68
"Well, I wasn't hungry,
       either -"

69
"The Countess Mancini
can accept jewels only
 from - her husband!"

70
"Idiot! Do you think I 
 would marry a circus 
        rider?"

71
"Think how beautiful
      she is -"

72
"Think what a bride 
  she will make -"

73
"Do you hear the
     cuckoo?"

74
"All right, you win -
 I will marry her!"

75
"What you mean is that
you make formal request
for my daughter's hand!"

76
"Let's be married at
once - this afternoon -"

77
"I couldn't marry without
 my father's consent -"

78
"I'll never love anyone
   but you, Bezano -"

79
"The misfortunes of my
ancestors compel me to
suggest a trifling loan -
say, a thousand francs."

80
"Why are you so sad 
   tonight, HE?"

81
"You'd be happy if you 
 were only in love."

82
"It is when we are 
happiest that life
strikes us, Consuelo -"

83
"Let me see your hand,
Consuelo - perhaps I can
read the future there -"

84
"You are doomed, Consuelo
- it is written here -"

85
"Your father will sell 
you to that beast -
  Baron Regnard!"

86
"There is only one who 
   can save you - !"

87
"Look, here is the letter
'H' - it stands for 'HE' -"

88
"It is I, Consuelo - I
 who have worshipped 
  you in silence -"

89
"My love shall protect 
 you from all harm 
 and unhappiness!"

90
"I did not believe I could
ever love or trust again
  - until I met you,
 Consuelo - I love you
   - I worship you!"

91
"You dear, funny HE - for
a moment I thought you
    were serious -"

92
"You forget, Consuelo -
I am never serious -
I am 'HE Who Gets
    Slapped' -"

93
"- I say serious things
  - and people laugh 
         at me!"

94
"The Baron Regnard has
humbly requested your
 hand in marriage -"

95
"The wedding will take 
place tonight after the 
     performance."

96
"The Baron will buy
   champagne for
     everyone!"

97
"You forget, gentlemen
- this is a circus - love
   must wait - the
performance must go on!"

98
"You beast! To sell your
  daughter like this -"

99
"No true father could
       do that -"

100
"Let us drink to - the 
one who laughs last!"

101
"I don't drink with 
      a fool!"

102
"A fool! Look - see which
     fool this is!"

103
"Do you think I'll let 
  you - of all men - 
      marry her?"

104
"Remember, Baron -
to the one who laughs 
        last!"

105
  "Come, my friend -
give me the last slap!"

106
"Honorable Gentlemen
  - the world must
  have its love -"

107
"It's a new act HE's
    putting on!"

108
"Honorable Gentlemen - 
the world must have its 
      tragedy -"

109
"But always, Honorable 
Gentlemen - the clown
comes out - to make
  people laugh -"

110
"Your sorrows are over,
 Consuelo - and mine
   are over, too -"

111
"You will be happy -
and - and - I will be
    happy, too -"

112
"You see - I am happy -
I am smiling - a fool is
   always smiling -"

113
What is Death - ?
What is Life - ?
What is Love - ?

114
"And we always laughed 
        at him."

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