Leave 'Em Laughing
1981, True Life
Aging clown Jack Thum (Mickey Rooney) and his loyal and loving wife, Shirlee (Anne Jackson), have dedicated themselves to helping others, taking in dozens of homeless children and raising them as their own. Now on his deathbed and under the care of Dr. Abrahms (Allen Garfield), Jack is visited in the hospital by the now-grown children that he cared for as a father figure during the course of his life, each offering fond memories of life with Jack. This film is based on a true story.