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Laughing at Life (1933)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  12 July 1933 (USA)
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Easter, a soldier of fortune and gunrunner, leaves his family behind escaping from the authorities and an American detective named Mason. His globe hopping escape leads him finally to South... See full summary »

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Dennis P. McHale / Burke / Captain Hale
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Panchita
William 'Stage' Boyd ...
Inspector Mason (as William Boyd)
Lois Wilson ...
Mrs. McHale
Henry B. Walthall ...
President Valenzuela
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Pat Collins / Mc Hale
Ruth Hall ...
Alice Lawton
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Jones
Dewey Robinson ...
Smith
Ivan Lebedeff ...
Don Flavio Montenegro
Mathilde Comont ...
Mamacita
Noah Beery ...
Hauseman
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
The Warden
Tully Marshall ...
Stone
Henry Armetta ...
Fruit Vendor
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Easter, a soldier of fortune and gunrunner, leaves his family behind escaping from the authorities and an American detective named Mason. His globe hopping escape leads him finally to South America, where he is hired to organize a band of revolutionaries, unaware that they plan to eliminate him when his job is done. Here, also, he encounters his own son, on track to waste his own life in pursuits similar to Easter's. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Mrs. McHale: Denny, you're in some sort of trouble again.
Dennis P. McHale: How do you know?
Mrs. McHale: Could you be so happy otherwise?
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VictorMcLaglen -- Gunrunner, Coup Plotter, Hero, Man of Good Cheer
13 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Victor McLaglen, a promising engineer working on the Panama Canal, mixes himself up in gun running and other dubious activities and is separated from his family. So, when he shows up in an imaginary banana republic, working to overthrow decent presidente Henry B. Walthall, why is he LAUGHING AT LIFE?

This is the just exactly the sort of movie you expect a rootin, tootin he-man like Victor McLaglen to be in (Clark Gable or John Wayne would have been even better). It's just that this one, instead of being made at a large studio that could have afforded exotic sets and stylized direction, was made at Mascot Studios. Which means, except for McLaglen and Walthall, the supporting roles are filled with mediocre actors, or downright lousy ones. (The woman playing the requisite Spanish vixen is horrible.) Additionaly, the musical score is badly recorded, drones on and on, and does not always seem particularly related to the goings on on screen. But, if you can withstand these flaws -- which would apply to ALL of Mascot's product in 1933-34 -- you've got a pretty good plot, and a perfectly respectable leading man performance out of McLaglen. You also have the strengths of Mascot -- good stunt work, and a plot that moves quickly. You also have one unexpected strength -- a nicely done story and script, which makes McLaglen a far more well-rounded character than you'd ordinarily expect. (Also, the credit sequence that introduces him is, perhaps, one of the best of this early 30s mini-genre. It establishes his character before the movie even starts.) In other words -- this is worth seeing if you have any affection to 30s cinema, and can live without big studio production values. But, since it is public domain, be prepared for a lousy print.


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