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Laughter in Hell (1933)

In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.

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Barney Slaney
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Marybelle Evans
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Mike Slaney
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Brownfield
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In the late 1800s, a man is sentenced to life at hard labor for killing his wife and her lover.

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ARE CHAIN GANG MEN REAL HEROES of ROMANCE? (Print ad- Elmira Star-Gazette ((Elmira, N. Y.)) 8 February 1933)

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Inferno dos Vivos  »

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That Was Awkward
30 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laughter in Hell never seems to figure out just what kind of a movie it is. Is it a romance, a revenge story, a jail picture? It hops around willy-nilly without sufficient binding in between. Some of the scenes are incredibly awkward too, especially the one where Pat O'Brien reveals to his father that he has just murdered his arch rival, the man who had been sleeping with his wife. The father doesn't react. He just keeps rocking back and forth in his rocking hair, with his back to the camera. Then O'Brien continues; he has also killed his wife. The father pops up with a start! "You did what?!?" As if it is fine to have a murderous son, as long as he isn't murdering women.


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