Thursday, January 17, 2008

Nose-talgia: Ripped from the Headlines -- Clowns Too Scary!

Probably everybody has read about the findings of a recent study over in Britain which confirms something that many of us have known instinctively for as long we can remember -- that children don't particularly like clowns and in fact are often downright scared of them. This is probably no big deal, except think about those poor kids in hospitals who are subjected to visits by hyped-up adults dressed as clowns (which is more about the adults liking...really liking... to dress up as clowns than the kids wanting to be entertained by them, that's for sure) and how that's the last thing you'd prefer to see before you went under the knife for some scary operation.

And what does this have to do with TV, you might ask? Well, in keeping with this creepy clown theory, the wonderful old TV show One Step Beyond had a terrific episode originally broadcast March 22, 1960 -- and yes, I understand that many of you weren't even born then (I'm not particularly happy about it, but I understand it) -- called "The Clown" starring the delicate Yvette Mimieux. It's more relevant than ever, now that the clown mythos has been laid bare and found wanting. I think you'll enjoy it! (There's also a version of it on Brightcove.tv which includes a clown-filled prologue which is great, but I couldn't get it to embed here so here's the link instead.)


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