Be a Clown

"Be a Clown" is a song written by Cole Porter for the 1948 film The Pirate. The song was performed twice in the film: first by Gene Kelly and The Nicholas Brothers and then at the end of the film by Kelly and Judy Garland. It was also sung in Mickey's Fun Songs: Let's Go To The Circus although some of the lyrics were changed.

The song was featured in an episode of Land of the Giants and also in the 2004 film De-Lovely.

The song "Make 'Em Laugh" (by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed) in the film Singin' in the Rain appears to be very similar to "Be a Clown,"[1] although Cole Porter did not make a complaint. Both films were Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions and starred Kelly, who appeared in (but did not sing) the "Make 'Em Laugh" segment of the latter film in which the song was performed by Donald O'Connor.


  1. ^ Adams, Cecil. "Aren't the show tunes "Be a Clown" and "Make 'Em Laugh" suspiciously similar?". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 2009-02-11.

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