Laugh, Clown, Laugh

1 
Spring comes early in the 
Italian hills. Peasant
hearts are light - and
the voice of the travelling
circus is heard in the 
        land -

2
"Some poor family with too
many babes abandoned 
her - for the Saints to
    take care of."

3
"You mean for us to 
care for! Give her to
the orphanage - women
  bring bad luck!"

4
"No, Simon, what the Saints
have sent, sinners can't
refuse. I'm going to keep 
         her!"

5
"Cock-a-doodle-do!"

6
"Simon, haven't you a 
kiss for .... Simonetta?"

7
"Simonetta? You've named 
      her after me?"

8
So Simonetta became a 
child of the road ....
wandering light-hearted 
through youth's sunny 
        years.

9
"She is a feather for 
grace, Tito - that
   little one!"

10
"But she looks too young!
Fix her hair - make her 
       a woman!"

11
"Simon, did you hear him?
 Simonetta is to join our 
           act!"

12
"A rose! That's what you 
 need - a rose in your 
         hair!"

13
Near the circus grounds
 were the gardens of
Count Luigi Ravelli ....
  where roses grew.

14
"That barbed wire was
not intended for your 
 pretty little legs."

15
"I wanted a rose ....
    for my hair."

16
"There, Lucretia, you
    have a rival!"

17
"My friends, here is a 
 new rose I found in 
      my garden -"

18
"What a lovely child of 
    Nature you are!"

19
"What an alluring woman
     you could be!"

20
"Luigi!"

21
"Send that peasant away!"

22
"If Simonetta's coming
in our act ... I'm leaving
it! Women bring bad
       luck!"

23
"I've made you what you 
are, Tito! Try and get 
  along without me!"

24
"Why, Simonetta! You're
not a child any more!"

25
"You're .... a woman!"

26
"Call him back, Simonetta ....
Call Simon back! I need him!"

27
In the pattern of human 
life there are many strange 
threads. Three years later ....
in the office of a famous 
  neurologist in Rome.

28
"Count Ravelli, your spells
of uncontrollable laughter
  are due to a life of
    self-indulgence."

29
"Your emotions have ruled
you so long you have lost
control. You've lived too
well - perhaps loved too 
         many."

30
"Signor Beppi is here 
for his appointment,
       Doctor."

31
"If you ever fall in love 
sincerely - with a woman 
of the right kind - -
I think your trouble will 
       disappear."

32
"Don't do that, Doctor!
     I'm ticklish!"

33
"Signor Beppi, as I said
before, it's very difficult
for me to help you if
you won't tell me more
   about yourself."

34
"I believe you're suffering 
    from some sort of 
suppression .... perhaps a
      hopeless love."

35
"When your hopelessness
is gone - - you will be
         well."

36
"Lose no time in winning 
  the lady, my friend."

37
"You don't understand, 
Doctor - I can't tell her!
It wouldn't be right!"

38
"When these crying spells 
come on .... I'm afraid of 
     losing my mind."

39
"My friend, you must have
diversion. You've got to
find something to make 
      you laugh."

40
"There's the fellow who 
 will make you laugh!"

41
"He's making all Rome
laugh! He's a tonic 
for a tired world!"

42
"He'll make you 
  laugh, too."

43
"Flik can never make
      me laugh!"

44
"Because I am .... Flik!"

45
"I wasn't laughing at 
 you when you came 
in - - laughter is my 
    affliction."

46
"You mean - you can't
help laughing any more
than I can help - -
      crying?"

47
"Don't worry .... we can do
a great deal for him .... at
       least you can."

48
"Make him go out more -
walk with him, talk with
 him, laugh with him!"

49
 "You know - I think
you'd be good for me."

50
"And I've been thinking -
 you'd be good for me."

51
"Shall we try - -
curing each other?"

52
"I've found a new friend, 
Simonetta .... and a
lucky one. He's always
       laughing."

53
So the two men helped 
each other .... without 
realizing how much
Simonetta helped them 
        both.

54
"I envy you your gentle 
manners, Count Ravelli."

55*
"It didn't take me long, 
Tito, to find out how 
 much I needed you."

56*
"I need you, too, Simon.  
I want you back with me."

57*
"We'll call ourselves - 
Flik - and - and - Flok!!  
That's it! Flik and Flok!"

58*
It was a season of triumph 
for Flik and Flok, and on 
 the eve of their last 
     performance ....

59
"Don't be foolish, little 
    one - - he's very 
         rich -"
60
"You were born to 
   wear them -"

61
"Would you sacrifice 
these .... for a clown?"

62
"I could never leave 
    Tito! Never!"

63
"Come, come, now!
    No tears!"

64
"Cock-a-doodle-do!"

65
"Nothing will ever part 
us, Tito .... will it?"

66
"I'm a mouse!"

67
"I'm a swallow!"

68
"I'm a monkey!"

69
"I'm a giant!"

70
"You're - a - lover!"

71
"You're in love with 
Simonetta - I always 
      knew it!"

72
"They're real!"

73
"Why do you think Luigi 
gave such a present to 
      Simonetta?"

74
"Tito, it's time someone 
  awakened you to the 
         truth."

75
"He stopped laughing -
and you stopped crying
- for the same woman!"

76
"You don't suppose he's 
giving her real pearls 
     for nothing!"

77
"Swells like him don't 
  marry tight-rope 
       walkers."

78
"Mother of Mercy! What
is this man trying to 
  make me believe?"

79
"Get hold of yourself, 
 Tito! We must go on 
        again!"

80
"You're cured, aren't 
 you? You've stopped 
      laughing?"

81
"But you're grinning at
 the way you fooled 
 me with friendship,
     aren't you?"

82
 "You can fish in the 
gutter with your pearls
... but not for Simonetta!"

83
"You can buy nothing 
        here!"

84
"You're the type that 
stops at nothing in 
 pursuit of women!"

85
"It crops out after all,
you low clown! You've 
a clown's brain! All
  you see is dirt!"

86
"You see - - I love
  Simonetta, too."

87
"If she loves you, Tito -
I'll not stand in your 
        way."

88
"You must ask her first,
Luigi. If she loves you -
she'll never know of
       my love."

89
"Count Ravelli, I can't
     accept these!"

90
"Won't you try to forgive 
     me, Simonetta?"

91
"Simonetta, I love you ....
heart and soul. I love
         you!"

92
"Ladies and gentlemen!
The great Flik will now 
do his DEATH-DEFYING
        SLIDE!"

93
"You belong to them!
They must have their 
       fun!"

94
"Laugh, clown, laugh ....
even though your heart
    is breaking!"

95
So Luigi and Simonetta
were betrothed - and
went to spend the weeks
before the wedding with
    Luigi's family.

96
"Are you very happy,
      dearest?"

97
"Oh, Luigi, I could be so
happy, if only Tito were 
      not - alone."

98
"Luigi, can't we have 
  him near us? He's
   so helpless -"

99
"Of course, dear! We
 need him, too. He
 seems almost part 
       of us."

100
"Tito, I've got a wonderful
  new idea for our act!"

101
"I'm afraid I can't go on 
   with the act, Simon.
  My heart's not in it."

102
"That's no way to talk, 
old clown. The world
needs you - - needs
     laughter!"

103
"We'll rehearse tonight?"

104
"We're going to have 
the greatest season 
   of our lives."

105
"Cock-a-doodle-do!"

106
"I couldn't stay away 
from you any longer, 
        Tito!"

107
"Everything to remind 
     you of me!"

108
"The last time I wore 
this .... I caught your 
    tears in it."

109
"Tito - you love me."

110
"I didn't know you 
cared - like that."

111
"You love me! That's
what you were always 
trying to say .... and
      couldn't!"

112
"Tell me you forgive me!
 Say you want me to be 
      your wife!"

113
"I love you, Tito!
   I love you!"

114
"Mother of Mercy, I swear
to you .... I love Tito!
      I love him!"

115
"Now do you believe me?"

116
"If all my dreams were 
like this - - I would
    sleep forever."

117
"It isn't a dream, Tito -
it's real! I'm going to
  tell Luigi - now!"

118
"And then Lake Como -
     you and I!"

119
"Blessed Mother - forgive
     her! She lied!"

120
"She kissed me - when
all the time her soul was
 crying Luigi - Luigi!"

121
"My hat and cloak!"

122
"He's Flik! I'll bet 
   you he's Flik!"

123
"What are you made 
up for? It's only a 
    rehearsal!"

124
"I - I - forgot - I -
I - was thinking about
   something else."

125
"Why don't you laugh?
Why don't you be Flik?"

126
"Look at that long face!
   That's not Flik!"

127
"We've got to find the 
old Flik again .... the
funniest fellow in the
        world."

128
"Laugh, clown .... laugh!
  Why don't you laugh?"

129
"Yes! Why don't you 
laugh? Simonetta's
going to marry you!"

130
"Simonetta loves you?"

131
"Then you should be 
the happiest man in 
    the world!"

132
"Foot lights! Clear the
  stage! Ring up the
   curtain! Let the
    comedy begin!"

133
"Music! Why don't
   you start?"

134
"Announce me, Flok!
   Announce me!"

135
"What's the matter? Why
don't you announce me?"

136
"The great Flik will now 
     do his DEATH -"

137
"- his DEATH-DEFYING
        SLIDE!"

138
"Get a doctor! Get a
    doctor quick!"

139
"Why should I .... spoil
her youth .... with my
       tears?"

140
"I'm .... an .... old man -"

141
"Isn't it funny .... I missed
 that trick .... after all
       these years."

142
"Tell Luigi .... to be good ....
           to her."

143
"The comedy .... is ....
         ended!"

144
"That's Flik on the 
       floor."

145
"He's playing that 
    he's dead."

The End

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