Story of an inventor who, suffering betrayal in life, makes a career of it by becoming a clown whose act consists of getting slapped by all the other clowns. He falls in love with another circus performer, and those who betrayed him enter his life yet again.
* This was the first production to start filming in the newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was not their first release, though; it was held until the holiday season when attendance is higher for "important" films.
* The first film to feature the MGM lion.
* The play was a moderate Broadway hit, debuting at the Garrick Theatre on 9 Jan 1922 and ran for a 182 performances, closing that June. Unlike the film, the stage production, with the major exception of Consuelo, did not give most of the characters names (simply calling them, "A Juggler," "An Acrobat," etc.) and MGM did not credit Gregory Zilboorg for the theatrical adaptation of the Russian novel by Leonid Andreyev.
* George Davis who was a clown in Europe has coached Chaney for his role as "HE"