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Laughing Boy (1934)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance | Western  -  13 April 1934 (USA)
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Laughing Boy, is a Navaho from a remote part of the reservation, while Slim Girl was raised by whites in a town and lives as a white man's mistress. They meet at a pow-wow and marry, in ... See full summary »




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Complete credited cast:
Laughing Boy
Slim Girl
William B. Davidson ...
Hartshorne (as William Davidson)
Chief Thunderbird ...
Catalina Rambula ...
Laughing Boy's Mother
Harlan Knight ...
Wounded Face (as Tall Man's Boy)
Philip Armenta ...
Yellow Singer (as F.A. Armenta)
Deer Spring ...
Pellicana ...


Laughing Boy, is a Navaho from a remote part of the reservation, while Slim Girl was raised by whites in a town and lives as a white man's mistress. They meet at a pow-wow and marry, in spite of the disapproval of Laughing Boy's family. Slim Girl tries to be a good Indian wife, but is tempted to fall back on her old ways. The novel won the Pulitzer Prize for 1929. Written by Robert Tonsing <>

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Drama | Romance | Western


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13 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor Selvagem  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Kathryn Sheldon as "Teacher" and Edward Hearn as "Tourist" are in studio records/casting call lists, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »


My Pony Boy
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Lyrics by Bobby Heath
Played and sung on a record
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Tragic Romance Along the Navajo Trail
21 March 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In viewing Laughing Boy today I counted elements of Camille, Romeo and Juliet and Duel in the Sun in the plot of this Indian love story.

Ramon Novarro plays the title role and he's a Navajo from way off in the rural part of the reservation. Lupe Velez is also a Navajo, but an orphan who is the live in mistress of William B. Davidson.

It's doomed from the start. Lupe's been living too long in the white man's world and Ramon's family simply will not accept her. It ends bad for both of them.

I've got a mixed reaction to the film. I've got to give some credit to MGM at that time for even attempting to make a film showing Indians as three dimensional people. They do in fact include some stereotypes, but give the studio credit for trying.

Both Lupe and Ramon were big stars in the silent era and did make the transition to sound. They both had pleasant speaking voices. But both led lives that given the times should have been more discreet. They were both descending into B films at a steady pace. In Ramon's case the vogue for Latin lovers which crested with Rudolph Valentino in the silent era with Ramon as one of his imitators had long passed. MGM had trouble casting him.

Laughing Boy might have been a better film if MGM had been trying to build Lupe and Ramon up instead of looking to be rid of both.

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