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Laughter (1930)

A former chorus girl weds a millionaire after the composer she loves leaves. Meanwhile, she strings along an artist in love with her. When the composer returns, she struggles with her needs for security vs love. High jinks and drama ensue.

Director:

Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast (as H. d'Abbadie d'Arrast)

Writers:

Douglas Z. Doty (screenplay), Douglas Z. Doty (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Peggy Gibson
Fredric March ... Paul Lockridge
Frank Morgan ... C. Mortimer Gibson
Glenn Anders ... Ralph Le Sainte
Diane Ellis ... Marjorie Gibson
Ollie Burgoyne Ollie Burgoyne ... Pearl - Peggy's Maid
Leonard Carey ... Benham, Gibson's Butler
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A former chorus girl weds a millionaire after the composer she loves leaves. Meanwhile, she strings along an artist in love with her. When the composer returns, she struggles with her needs for security vs love. High jinks and drama ensue.

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The emotion-swept romance of a modern woman who found that life without laughter is living death (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 9 November 1930)

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Falsa personalidad See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Orson Welles cast scene-stealing character-actor Glenn Anders in The Lady From Shanghai because he had remembered how good he was in this film. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Rive gauche (1931) See more »

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Little Did I Know
by Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman and Sammy Fain
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The Wonderful Nancy Carroll
17 January 2011 | by drednmSee all my reviews

I watched LAUGHTER, a 1930 film starring Nancy Carroll and Fredric March. Many comments and reviews state this film as a forerunner of the 30s screwball comedy. Yes there were some screwball elements, such as the silly sequence when the stars, caught in the rain, break into a house and on bear rugs while their clothes dry. There's also a terrific scene when March is playing piano when the butler (Leonard Carey) tries to correct him. They end up playing duets! There's also a nice party scene where Eric Blore shows up in an angel costume. Another standout scene is when the daughter (Diane Ellis) starts to jazz dance and is joined by Carroll while Frank Morgan sourly looks on.

Still, I don't see this film as a comedy, let alone a screwball comedy. Carroll (she's very good) plays a former show girl who marries Morgan for his money. His daughter is only a little younger than Carroll. The daughter is a little wild; Carroll is a lot bored. She has everything in her life but "laughter." When she takes up with March, we know the marriage is doomed. So does everyone else.

Morgan's character hasn't an ounce of humor in him. There's also a tragic starving artist type (Glenn Anders) who gets involved with Ellis. It's with this character that any shred of comedy drains from the picture as doom settles over the storyline.

This is still a very good film with solid work from its stars.


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