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

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 <rtonsing@ti.com>

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Release Date:

13 April 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor Selvagem  »

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$518,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Soundtracks

Call of Love
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Ramon Novarro several times
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A Romance from Navajo Lands
15 February 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

LAUGHING BOY loves Slim Girl, but she has lived too long among the white man and cannot fit in with her new husband's traditional Navajo family. What will happen when he discovers she has returned to being a prostitute to make them some extra money?

Ramon Novarro & Lupe Velez do the best they can with somewhat embarrassing material. Their performances alone elevate the film above the mundane.

Director W. S. Van Dyke, known for his vivid on-location films, tries to interject footage shot in the Southwest to lend authenticity to the plot, but the rear projection backgrounds only detract and annoy the viewer.


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