VIDEO: Pepito’s Filmography: “A Medal For Benny” Starring Dorothy Lamour & Arturo deCordova (1945)

Monday, April 16, 1945

Pepito, the famous clown, was signed for an important role in the Dorothy Lamour – Arturo de Cordova co-starrer, “A Medal For Benny,” at the Liberty Theater.

Pepito is recognizable in this clip with his distinctive high forehead and a stub of a cigar between his teeth.

Pepito plays a paisano with authority and for a good reason. He was born in Barcelona and started his circus career with the Circo Parisch in Madrid, where he became a favorite of King Alfonso.  He toured all of Europe, was imported to the New York Hippodrome, and became an American citizen.  Featured in the 1929 Ziegfeld Follies, Pepito subsequently played most of the big time show houses in the country.  The last time he put on clown makeup was for the circus sequence in “Lady in the Dark,” in which he both performed and acted as technical advisor.


The Benton Harbor (Michigan) News Palladium, Saturday, September 15, 1945, page 7.


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