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Laughing Anne (1953)

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Based on Conrad's short story of a red-headed beauty of the eighteen-eighties who was a singer in an elegant Parisian night-club, whose laugh gave her the title of "Laughing Anne". Her ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Davidson
Margaret Lockwood ...
Laughing Anne
Jem Farrell
Ronald Shiner ...
Nobby Clark
Robert Harris ...
Joseph Conrad
Jacques B. Brunius ...
Daphne Anderson ...
Blonde singer
Helen Shingler ...
Susan Davidson
Danny Green ...
Harold Lang ...
Edgar Norfolk ...
Conrad's companion
Sean Lynch ...
Gerard Lohan ...
Andy Ho ...
Chinese merchant
Maurice Bush ...
Battling Brunius


Based on Conrad's short story of a red-headed beauty of the eighteen-eighties who was a singer in an elegant Parisian night-club, whose laugh gave her the title of "Laughing Anne". Her lover, Jen Farrell wins a fight that should have led to a meeting with heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan but crooks, who had sought to fix the fight, fixed him instead and Farrell is so hurt that Laughing Anne realizes he will never fight again. They drift to the Eastern seas where Anne becomes a singer in sordid Javanese bars. There she meets Captain Davidson, the master of a trading schooner, stows away on his ship and begs him to take her to Singapore. In the slow lazy cruise, Davidson falls under the spell of Laughing Anne and begs her to marry him, but she has learned from him an old forgotten sense of loyalty, jumps ship at Singapore and makes her way back to the blowzy, forlorn life with Farrell. Years later, Davidson meets her again when an unusual cargo takes him to a strange lonely, ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Their prize was gold...and a woman in the sinister dives of the Java Sea!




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Release Date:

1 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Between the Tides  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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All the World Is Mine on Sunday
Music by Pierre Roche
Lyrics by Geoffrey Parsons
Sung by Margaret Lockwood (singing dubbed by Lita Roza)
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Lawd, Jim
11 November 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

There are Golden Turkeys and Platinum Turkeys and then there is Laughing Anne. I doubt if four leads have ever been more mis-matched in a movie. Wendell 'Mahogany' Corey gets top-billing over Margaret Lockwood whose best days were behind her whilst even more bizarrely Forest Tucker and Ronald Shiner share third and fourth spot. The film has one minor distinction inasmuch as it is the only film based on his work in which Joseph Conrad appears as a character narrating his own story over drinks - the device, albeit much less crudely, had worked well some half a dozen years previously when Herbert Marshall portrayed Somerset Maugham in The Razor's Edge and actually interacted with his own fictional creations throughout as well as providing linking narration. The plot, acting, in fact just about everything in the movie will best be served by the application of a discreet veil. For connoisseurs of seriously bad movies only.

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