5.9/10
139
5 user 4 critic

Laugh and Get Rich (1931)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 April 1931 (USA)
The Austin family faces the depression head on with Sarah running a boarding house and Joe trying to hit it big with increasingly crazy inventions. When daughter Alice dates a wealthy ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(by), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In post-war Cape Breton, a doctor's efforts to tutor a deaf/mute woman are undermined when she is raped, and the resulting pregnancy causes scandal to swirl.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Jane Wyman, Lew Ayres, Charles Bickford
Nadine (1987)
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In 1950s Texas, a woman trying to recover sexy photos of herself and divorce her husband witnesses a murder and uncovers corrupt land dealings.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Kim Basinger, Rip Torn
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Bette Davis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The first movie to ever depict a choreographed dance scene in a silent movie. The Charleston!

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Monte Blue, Patsy Ruth Miller, Lilyan Tashman
Smart Woman (1931)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Wife turns tables on cheating hubby.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Mary Astor, Robert Ames, John Halliday
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.

Directors: Frank Capra, Allan Dwan, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Walter Huston, Pat O'Brien, Kay Johnson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Michael Bartlett
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Constance Bennett, Fredric March, Frank Morgan
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story takes place in Scotland, where plain Maggie Wylie's family, fearing she may become a spinster, finances young John Shand's studies in return for his agreement to marry her in five... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Helen Hayes, Brian Aherne, Madge Evans
Bed of Roses (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lorry and Minnie are ex-hookers who leave prison, determined to find the good life with rich men. Along the way Lorry meets and falls in love with cotton barge owner Dan. She must choose ... See full summary »

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Constance Bennett, Joel McCrea, John Halliday
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a powerhouse New York publicity man as he transforms a sideshow dancer into a Broadway sensation.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Lupe Velez, Lee Tracy, Eugene Pallette
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Sarah Austin
...
Joe Austin
...
Alice Austin
...
Larry Owens
...
Bill Hepburn
...
Biddle
George Davis ...
Vincentini
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Phelps
...
Miss Teasdale
Louise Mackintosh ...
Sarah's Sister
...
Silent Party Guest
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Young Lady at Dance (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

The Austin family faces the depression head on with Sarah running a boarding house and Joe trying to hit it big with increasingly crazy inventions. When daughter Alice dates a wealthy bachelor, their brushes with high society lead to colorful situations.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iloisesti rikkaaksi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Pop! Goes the Weasel
(uncredited)
Traditional 17th century English song
Played by the band at the party
Danced to by Edna May Oliver and Hugh Herbert, as well as guests
Played at the end
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Allergic To Work
10 March 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The unusual teaming of Edna May Oliver and Hugh Herbert are the main treats behind Laugh And Get Rich. For those of you who are used to the Hugh Herbert of those Warner Brothers musicals, you'll find him quite a bit more restrained here.

Herbert and Oliver are a married couple who with daughter Dorothy Lee run a boardinghouse. They have to take in tenants because Herbert will not go out and get a job. The man is just plain allergic to work, preferring to spend time inventing Rube Goldberg type contraptions that he figures will make him rich. Add to that he's also a mark for every get rich quick scheme for the rent money that Oliver has to squeeze from tenants because he won't.

They are in love however and that fact is brought out in the film's best scene when at a country club dance Herbert and Oliver go into the best Virginia Reel this side of Gone With The Wind. They manage to knock the stuffings out of many an expanded shirt at the dance and it's done oh so charmingly.

Dorothy Lee is the apex of a romantic subplot with Russell Gleason and John Harron. I think you can figure out whether she chooses home town kid Gleason and city slicker Harron. Harron in fact has quite a large agenda in this film.

Laugh And Get Rich is not a great film, but definitely one that should satisfy the fans of either of the big screen's best identified character players.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Laugh and Get Rich (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?