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A Clown Carol: The Marley Murder Mystery (2007)

A CLOWN CAROL - The Marley Murder Mystery, is a new spin on a classic Holiday tale. There is a murder in Clownland. Someone sinister has committed the horrible crime, but who? Just as ... See full summary »

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Brian A. Bernhard
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Complete credited cast:
Michael C. Freeland ... Marley the Clown (as Michael Freeland)
Barry Mitchell Barry Mitchell ... Scroogie the Clown
Brian A. Bernhard Brian A. Bernhard ... The Old Hag in the Window
Jerrod Bogard ... Crachie the Clown
Elias ... Bobo the Clown
Sam Dingman Sam Dingman ... Charity Collector Clown
Garrit Hall Garrit Hall ... Charity Collector Clown
Rainbow Blight Rainbow Blight ... Clown Caroler
Chad Bernhard Chad Bernhard ... Clown Caroler (as Chvad S.B.)
Anne Kugler Anne Kugler ... Clown Caroler
Julian Hintz Julian Hintz ... Clown Caroler (as Julz-A)
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A CLOWN CAROL - The Marley Murder Mystery, is a new spin on a classic Holiday tale. There is a murder in Clownland. Someone sinister has committed the horrible crime, but who? Just as Scroogie the Clown gets back to his shop after mourning the death of his long time business partner, Marley the Clown, he must deal with a nagging nephew, a freezing, clumsy assistant, a couple of bumbling charity collectors, an annoying group of carolers, and a marvelously mystifying doorway specter. Written by Brian A. Bernhard

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In order to include live action actors with 3D backgrounds, the film was shot in an apartment with walls and floor painted with blue chroma key. See more »

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No, no, no!!! I want more!!
21 January 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow, was this a wonderful but frustrating film from Brian A. Bernhard. He came up with a marvelously absurd idea yet the film really isn't finished--and there are no more clown movies!! The film is a very strange tale. It's the old Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" but with a twist. It's performed by clowns AND it's a murder mystery!! Seeing the clowns' antics made me laugh and laugh (even more than when I watch chimps dressed as humans--but it's all good) but the problems are that the film ended only part-way into the story!! It's really NOT a complete short film but looks more like a promotional film made to secure financial backers. But, until the film is completed (and I assume they will), I am stuck waiting--and I liked it way too much to want to wait!!! Plus, at this point, it appears that this is the only clown film he made--and I honestly would LOVE to see more literary classics lampooned this way.

The film features an odd but very effective use of CGI with live action, great pantomime, screwy and hilarious dialog and lots of nice twists. And if you are reading this review, Mr. Bernhard, I want more. Not later--NOW!!! You have a lot of talent but I feel like a kid who got to peak at a huge pile of Christmas presents and then was told "you can just open them NEXT Christmas...or some time in the future".

PS--I just was contacted by the director and YES my instinct was correct. They are looking for more funding to do a longer version but sadly so far no takers. If you have an extra million or two lying about, consider contacting Mr. Bernhard and funding the film. At least you can pretty much guarantee that I'll give a positive review to your investment! (1/22/09)


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20 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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$2,000 (estimated)
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