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Laughing Boy (1934)

Passed | | Drama, Romance, Western | 13 April 1934 (USA)
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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(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Slim Girl
William B. Davidson ...
Hartshorne (as William Davidson)
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Catalina Rambula ...
Harlan Knight ...
Wounded Face (as Tall Man's Boy)
Philip Armenta ...
Yellow Singer (as F.A. Armenta)
Deer Spring ...
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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 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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13 April 1934 (USA)  »

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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 »

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My Pony Boy
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Charley O'Donnell
Lyrics by Bobby Heath
Played and sung on a record
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MGM shows what not to do with Mexican talent.
26 April 2003 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The combination of the two dynamic Mexican actors Ramon Novarro and Lupe Velez should have guaranteed a dynamite movie.

But someone at MGM, in their wisdom, cast them as Native Americans - a disastrous decision that doomed this film to failure even before it was begun.

Both struggle to make their characters even slightly believable, as they try to curb their Mexican passion into some sort of wise aboriginal spirituality. The spitfire in Lupe just can't help but surface, and all Ramon can do is try to maintain some dignity under that terrible wig. His singing is nice but anachronistic, and there is far too much of it.

Hard to believe this disaster was directed by Woody Van Dyke, who had made one of Ramon's best silent movies "The Pagan". Novarro was deeply ashamed of this film, and it's no wonder. What is saddest of all about it though is the way it wastes what could have been one of the most exciting star combinations of all time. Just imagine if Novarro and Velez were playing a pair of violently passionate Mexican lovers - what fireworks we would have seen!

Shame, MGM, Shame!


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