Cinema: Stage Business

A Thousand Clowns, like most Broadway comedies submitted to the camera's cold scrutiny, changes for the worse in transition. No longer a play and not quite a movie, it falls victim to the war between incompatible techniques. Producer-Director Fred Coe, alert to the opportunities suggested by a housebound play in which the hero says he likes nothing better than to rove the streets of New York, frequently moves the action outdoors. He tries zoom shots, jump cuts, overlapping sound, running wild-and-free sequences and other New Cinema gimmickry (for no particular reason a cheese sandwich pops out at the Automat to...

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