Sunday, July 16, 2006

Otto Griebling: Quartet

I have no information on the year or the show but I would have to guess that's it's an indoor winter Shrine date back during Otto's Cole Bros. days; he stopped wearing his wig by the time he joined the Ringling show.

Pictured (left to right) are Otto Griebling, Happy Kellams, Unidentified (possibly Charlie Lewis or Art Cooksy judging from the painted, scarecrow-style triangle red nose) and Joe Lewis.

Anyone want to try to tell me why Jojo Lewis, one of the most famous circus clown cops of the "Golden Age" is NOT in a cop suit, but the other guy IS?!?


24-HOUR-MAN said...

A remote possibility the Cop could be Van Wells, who sometimes did Clown Cop when working with Happy. One gag was Happy standing on the track, stuffing a coil of rope down his pants, Van would walk by,(cop on the beat) twirling his stick, Happy would nonchalantly close his coat, and look up in the air whistling.

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