Monday, April 24

A Thousand Clowns - Herb Gardner (1965)

Wikipedia - "A Thousand Clowns is a 1965 film adaptation of a 1962 play by Herb Gardner, directed by Fred Coe. It tells the story of an eccentric comedy writer who is forced to conform to society to retain legal custody of his nephew. Jason Robards starred in both the original Broadway version and in the film. Martin Balsam won an Academy Award for his supporting performance in the movie. Unemployed television writer Murray Burns (Jason Robards) lives in a cluttered New York City studio apartment with his 12-year-old nephew, Nick (Barry Gordon). Murray has been unemployed for five months after quitting his previous job writing jokes for a children's television show called Chuckles the Chipmunk. Nick, the illegitimate son of Murray's sister, was left with Murray seven years earlier. When Nick writes a school essay on the benefits of unemployment insurance, his school requests that New York State send social workers to investigate his living conditions. ..."
NY Times - 'A Thousand Clowns' Opens:Jason Robards Repeats His Success of Stage
Let Us Now Praise Herb Gardner, Author of A Thousand Clowns
YouTube: How to answer a phone, The Story of Nick, Chuckles The Clown, That's My Baby
YouTube: A Thousand Clowns 2:00:00